Pleased With His Precepts

I delight to do your will, O my God.Psalm 40-8I delight to do your will, O my God. Psalm 40:8

How does being born of God make the commandments of God a delight rather than a burden?

The apostle John says, “This is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.” In other words, the way that being born of God overcomes the worldly burdensomeness of God’s commandments is by begetting faith. This is confirmed in verse 1, which says, literally, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God.”

Faith is the evidence that we have been born of God. We do not make ourselves born again by deciding to believe. God makes us willing to believe by causing us to be born again. As Peter said in his first letter, God “caused us to be born again to a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3). Our living hope, or faith in grace, is the work of God through new birth.

So when John says, “Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world,” and then adds, “And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith,” he means to say that God enables us, by the new birth, to overcome the world — that is, to overcome our worldly disinclination to keep God’s commandments. The new birth does this by creating faith, which includes a disposition being pleased by God’s commandments.

Paul states that “the law is not based on faith” (Galatians 3:12). Therefore, it is faith that overcomes our inborn hostility to God and his will, and frees us to keep his commandments by grace through faith, and consequently we say with the psalmist, “I delight to do your will, O my God” (Psalm 40:8).

It is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus that changes everything. Human effort is put to death in Christ at the cross. Stop trying to do, and by faith delight… rest in the finished work of Christ. He has fulfilled the Law and it’s requirements, and gives us his righteousness because of faith in him alone, not by anything we do.

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