Psalm 40

Hello, my friend.  

In contrast to our last study, Psalm 40 is quite a different expression of David’s heart.  It is truly the song of a soul set free.  And he gives the key to getting things from God in the first phrase, “wait patiently.”  In fact, I think waiting patiently is one of the strong evidences of real faith.  We all want quick fixes, but when we are trusting in God, we leave the timing in His hands.  And vs.2 is one of those dramatic, classic statements in Scripture, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear and trust in the Lord.”  Isn’t that great?  How it echoes that powerful verse in 2 Cor.5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ…” And what characterizes this newness?  Paul describes this in vs16, “From now on we regard no one from a worldly or secular point of view.”   Our perspectives are new, our impressions are new, our values are new. 

And David can’t say enough about this, in this wonderful Psalm 40.  He reviews the wonders of what God had done.  He says that the things God planned for us no one can recount; were we to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. It’s good to review God’s faithfulness to us personally over the years and celebrate what He has done in our lives.

David uses a fascinating analogy in vs. 6, “my ears you have pierced”, referring I think to Exodus 21:6, where according to Levitical law a contracted servant was free on the seventh year. But if out of love for his owner he chose to stay in the household forever, the master nailed an awl through the servant’s ear, on to the doorpost of the house, and they were bonded forever.  So it is with our love for Christ, a commitment of love forever.    And David cries, in vs. 16, “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, ‘The Lord be exalted!’ 

“That, O Lord, is our cry today, that in this new day you would be exalted.  Thank you for your presence in times of need, and for all who stand alongside.  We love you, Lord.” 

And I thank God for you, my friend, for your loving encouragement and prayers.   Great times ahead.    Cheerio!

Psalm 40

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