“So I said, ‘See; I come with an inscribed scroll written upon me. I delight to do your will, my God; your law is in my inner being.’ When I sing of your righteousness in a great assembly, See, I do not restrain my lipss as you, LORD, know. I do not conceal your righteousness within my heart; I speak of your loyalty and your salvation. I do not hide your mercy or faithfulness from a great assembly.” (Psalm 40:8-11)
When I was young, I studied martial arts. Before each class we did two things. First we had role call. When we heard our name, we were to run to our place and shout “Here, Sir!” Second, we recited the tenets: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and an indomitable spirit. We were expected to shout them out loud and clear so that anyone walking down the street from our storefront school could hear. They were not just something that we were expected to memorize, but something we were expected to live by. They shaped my outlook on life as much as the rigorous exercise shaped my body.
Reading this psalm has taken me back to the youthful fullness of soul that I felt then. I feel moved to speak out loud and clear “Here I am, Lord.” I know, as the psalmist did, that our God is a God of truth and justice, a God of faithfulness and kindness. I’m thankful that I work at a place where I am not only allowed, but also expected to act upon that knowledge and can say, “I come to do your will.”
ISAIAH 7:10-14; 8:10 ● PSALM 40:7-8A, 8B-9, 10, 11 ● HEBREWS 10:4-10 ● LUKE 1:26-38