40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
40:2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
40:4 Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.
40:5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
40:6 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
40:7 Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
40:9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
40:10 I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
40:11 Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.
Patience and waiting on God go hand in hand. When we present our requests to God and are waiting for Him to answer us, it takes great patience and faith to believe that He will answer us. However, at the end of our waiting, this Psalmist shows us the beauty of what happens when we wait patiently on God.
- He hears our cries (vs1): The Psalmist begins by stating that when he cried out God, He heard him. When we come before God with our struggles, worries and pain, He does hear us and He is always working behind the scenes to bring about good in any situation.
- He answers us (vs2-3): God answered the Psalmist by bringing him out of the dark situation he was facing and made his path clear and strong.
- He is the one and only true God of this world and our lives (vs4-5): When we place our faith in God alone and not in any other false idol of this world, we see just how powerful and full of truth God is. He does not require us to lay down sacrifices or burnt offerings. All he asks for is that our hearts come to Him with faith and trust.
- He changes our hearts(vs 7-10): When we fully surrender our lives to Christ, our desire to follow after Him increases and becomes something that we long and love to do. We then have the courage to spread that same good news to the rest of the world.
The Psalmist who wrote psalm 40 was in despair. These types of Psalms are often called lamentations. However, the reader should notice that in the middle of the lamentation the author (most likely David) was both praising the Lord and seeking the Lord’s will for himself and God’s people.
We too will have times where we are driven to despair. Some of us may already be there. But do not lose hope because God is with you and He has a plan. No one sees the end of the storm while they are in the middle of the storm. Be patient, seek the Lord, and praise the Lord. When you reach the other side you will be stronger, close to the the Lord, and have a deeper, richer faith.
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