Verse 39 states that the people "were exceedingly rejoiced because of the liberty which had been granted unto them." I've looked up the footnote on liberty, and it has brought me to review and consider a couple of passages from the New Testament teachings of Paul.
1 Corinthians 8:9 - This is Paul's teaching on "Christian Liberty," a reminder to be careful of the freedoms afforded us, lest they be misinterpreted by those around us and become a "stumbling block" for them.
Galatians 5 - In this chapter, the purpose of God-granted freedom is afford us the ability to learn to walk after the Spirit. Verse 16 of this chapter reminds me to "Walk in the Spirit."
Something that I had missed in previous days of studying these verses is that the deeper feelings of appreciation and love that the people felt towards king Mosiah was a result of putting into practice his recommendations to change the government over to a system of judges. It was after they had done what he had proposed that "they did esteem him more than any other man; for they did not look upon him as a tyrant... and he had granted unto his people that they should be delivered from all manner of bondage." (vs. 40)
There is one other thought that is worth making note of at the end of this chapter. It is curious to me who death appears to come in seasons. King Mosiah is 20 years younger than Alma the Elder when both pass away in the same season. The timing is significant. It is my feelings that a more peaceful transition was accomplished in taking both of these great leaders at the same time.