Psalm 40: He Wants Your Wants

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

“Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come—it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:6-8)

So what should we do with God’s great giant huge goodness? How should we respond to all the good he has done for us? All the good he has done period? What can we do?

ps40_350Right away, David tells God (and us) that he knows God isn’t looking for mechanical worship in the form of sacrifices and offerings. David’s ears have been opened (“pierced”); he knows that God wants his “wants.”

Seeing God’s goodness has changed David down to his roots. He won’t go through the motions of worship; he wants to do God’s will. He won’t just follow the letter of the law; he wants to live God’s goodness out in his life.

Think: How much of your Christian life is about “following the rules” and how much is about really wanting to do what your good God wants?

Pray: Ask God to help you to stay out of the rut of mindlessly following the “rules” of Christianity and the repetition of same-every-week worship. Ask him to help you to respond to his goodness with a real desire to do the good he wants for you.

Do: Make a quick list of some of the areas of your Christian life that would be easy to “do” without thinking or feeling or wanting God’s goodness.