by the Rev. Henry Huenemann
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (Romans 7:22).
89For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
90Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.
95The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
97O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
101I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
I am called a Christian, because by faith I am a member of Christ and thus a partaker of his anointing. We are united to him as the branch to the vine. And in him we bear much fruit. We are good trees, and hence the fruit is good. The fruit is the fruit of the Spirit. "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." Who can improve this fruit, or add anything thereto? "We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained, that we should walk in them." Whatever is not fruit of the Spirit is works of the flesh. But believers have "crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."
Of course, by nature we are carnal, and in our flesh dwelleth no good thing. But because the Spirit of Christ dwells in us, we delight in the Law of God after the inward man. Hence arises the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. But the Spirit leads us into all truth. He works in us heartfelt sorrow for our sin, and also causes us to delight in living according to the will of God in all good works.
By the grace of the Holy Spirit we become "more and more changed into the image of God, till we attain finally to full perfection after this life."
O God, help us to serve Thee with gladness. May the joy of the Lord be our strength. May we delight in Thy law after the inward man. Help us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. And in our temptations and tribulations and conflicts of life, may we not be overcome, but may we in all these things be more than conquerors through him that loved us. O God of hope, fill us with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. For Christ's sake. Amen.
Scripture in Devotional: John 15; Gal. 5:20; Eph. 2:10; Gal. 5:24; Rom. 7:18, 22.
Click here for background on Light and Comfort and the author.