"Then I said, 'Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.'"
(PSALM 40:7-8, NKJV)Luke 4:14-21
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David wrote Psalm 40, meditations from the depths of his heart and also of prophetic words he himself would not have yet fully understood. The “behold” beckons us to look closer. So who is it that David says comes with a scroll in His hands?
What we have is an “advanced echo,” the sounding off of something you and I know of now but which David had not lived to see. It’s the account of Jesus opening the scroll at the start of His ministry in the synagogue at Capernaum. From that scroll He read words of the prophet Isaiah and revealed the agenda given Him by His Father. Jesus delighted to do His Father’s will (May we do the same!), and thankfully, we have become the humble recipients of its joys. We ourselves are the poor, the imprisoned, and the blind who now know the year of the Lord’s favour. Jesus, obedient to the Father, fulfilled that prophecy. We stand here centuries later beholding the goodness of Him who has made us rich, set us free, and restored our sight.
HOW WILL WE KNOW WHAT WORK GOD WANTS US TO UNDERTAKE? WHEN WE ASK HIM, WILLING TO ABANDON OUR OWN IDEAS, HE MAKES IT PLAIN.