God’s wish and His will are two very different things, and the psalmist helps bring clarity to that truth. God’s wish was that Israel would heed His voice and submit to Him as her God. However, Israel did not fulfill God’s wishes and whored herself after the gods of other nations. In choosing such a path, Israel missed the blessings of God (see my earlier post for more on this topic). The point is that God wished for so much more for Israel, but Israel was too consumed with doing what was pleasurable in the moment. And so within the confines of God’s will, Israel was able to go against what God wished and indulge in a life of sin. The same is true for each of us, too. God’s wish for our lives is that we will obey Him and live in such a way as to give Him glory. However, His will for us is that we can choose to live in a way that doesn’t please Him. God is not interested in mindless robots – so He gives us a choice. Will you choose to submit to God’s wishes for your life?