Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.
I know this is what we “want” but I’m not sure that it is what we “do.” I know we want to trust God, but lets face it, often it’s a hard thing to do. We want to obey God and that too isn’t always easy. But how can we glorify God; how can it be our heart’s desire to glorify Him if we don’t trust and obey His laws.
I have to fall back on my vast experience as a parent to really have the slightest comprehension of this verse.
I know my children love me. I know that they love me even when they are bad. I also know that they sometimes don’t trust me–not because of something I’ve done, but because they are curious creatures who are smart enough to ask questions. The Boy is a scientist. Life is his lab. He must test everything. Sometimes more than once. The Girl is a free spirit. I know she doesn’t mean to disobey me, it’s just that everything else is so bright and shiny and my rules are dull and boring.
Isaiah 26 is a song of praise to the Lord according to biblegateway.com. The verse before 26:8 is:
But for those who are righteous,
the way is not steep and rough.
You are a God who does what is right,
and you smooth out the path ahead of them.
We are my children. We want to glorify God. But we constantly test our world and our surroundings. Everything is bright and shiny compared to what we think is God’s way. And like my children, we sometimes “choose poorly.”