The Christian walk is not easy; I have a hard time some days fully grasping the fact that I get to live in the forgiveness of Jesus. For me some days I do not truly cherish the price that Christ paid. It’s so easy to make it appear as if everything on the inside is fine when it isn’t. I write this from a place where I am seeking Christ and pursuing Him daily, but yet I still struggle. My flesh is so easy to give into, and so often I allow my sinful desires to come between myself and a God that loves me more than I can imagine. I give into anger, jealousy, selfishness, lust, and a many number of sins that turn me away from the Cross. I find though that it is in the middle of these struggles that I find myself living in surrender to Christ more than I would before. It is in the midst of the struggle that my life is truly in worship to Christ because it is then that I realize that nothing I can do can free myself from sin, but only in daily surrender to Christ can I find true freedom. I believe that our worship is more than singing songs and reading the Bible, but true worship is living a life in daily surrender and obedience to Christ. I write this to relate to the person out there that is struggling, the person that needs some encouragement and needs just to take a step back and realize that we cannot do anything apart from living in the freedom found in surrendering to Christ. This life isn’t going to be easy, but it will be satisfying. In the beginning of the Psalms in Psalm 1, the Psalmist writes:
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on his law, he meditates day and night.
What I find interesting here is that at the beginning of the greatest collection of worship songs ever written (Yes even better than Hillsong and Elevation) the Psalmist states that the blessed will be the one who finds satisfaction or delight in the law of the Lord. See the law in the Old Testament was given to the nation of Israel to follow so that they could live the best life that God had for them in obedience to Him and His Law. When Christ came, He fulfilled the law, and in replacement of the law we now follow Him and find freedom in who Christ is and His work on the Cross.
So as I read this Psalm, I find myself in a place where I must find delight in obedience to Christ. A delight and joy in Christ that must be what I am fully devoted to. So that as any sinful desires arise in me the delight I have in Jesus is so much greater. My prayer for you in reading this is that if you’re struggling..find delight. Find delight in the fact that Jesus has paid the way for you, that when there was no way we could do it all on our own God sent a savior to bring us joy. So find delight in the Lord, and meditate on Him day and night, the blessings to come will be much greater than the temporary satisfactions of sin. Our delight in Jesus will lead to a daily worship of obedience to Him.