Anyone who has been a parent knows the feeling of appreciation and legitimate pride they feel when their children exhibit heartfelt, authentic obedience. It makes parenting an enjoyable experience… No complaints, no arguments, no dour expressions or pouts… a simple “Yes, Dad or Mom” and then ready, willing, immediate obedience… Sounds like a miraculous state of affairs, to many parents, doesn’t it?
I am confident our “Heavenly Parent” experiences the celestial equivalent of those feelings when we, His children, exhibit heartfelt obedience – doing His will and heeding His word willingly, with all our heart.
I’m reading Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible) the next several days. Today I read the first section labeled “Aleph” for the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet (verses 1-8). It captured my attention because it addresses precisely this issue – How the Heavenly Father feels about His children when they are obedient…
“BLESSED are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD! BLESSED are those who keep his statutes and seek him WITH ALL THEIR HEART! They do nothing wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be FULLY OBEYED. Oh, that my ways WERE STEADFAST in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.”
Oh, I’ve got to tell you, I want to live that way! Lord forgive me for the times I’ve failed you in this regard! Transform the character of my heart – remove the sinful, rebellious streak within me that I sometimes struggle with! Take away the “heart of stone” and in its place give me a tender, “heart of flesh!” (Ezekiel 11:19-20) May my quick, ready and willing obedience bring pleasure to your “Father- heart!”