Psalms 40

Psalm 40

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For the music leader. Of David. A psalm.

1 I put all my hope in the LORD. He leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set my feet on solid rock. He steadied my legs.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God. Many people will learn of this and be amazed; they will trust the LORD.
4 Those who put their trust in the LORD, who pay no attention to the proud or to those who follow lies, are truly happy!
5 You, LORD my God! You've done so many things— your wonderful deeds and your plans for us— no one can compare with you! If I were to proclaim and talk about all of them, they would be too numerous to count!
6 You don't relish sacrifices or offerings; you don't require entirely burned offerings or compensation offerings— but you have given me ears!
7 So I said, "Here I come! I'm inscribed in the written scroll.
8 I want to do your will, my God. Your Instruction is deep within me."
9 I've told the good news of your righteousness in the great assembly. I didn't hold anything back— as you well know, LORD!
10 I didn't keep your righteousness only to myself. I declared your faithfulness and your salvation. I didn't hide your loyal love and trustworthiness from the great assembly.
11 So now you, LORD— don't hold back any of your compassion from me. Let your loyal love and faithfulness always protect me,
12 because countless evils surround me. My wrongdoings have caught up with me— I can't see a thing! There's more of them than hairs on my head— my courage leaves me.
13 Favor me, LORD, and deliver me! LORD, come quickly and help me!
14 Let those who seek my life, who want me dead, be disgraced and put to shame. Let those who want to do me harm be thoroughly frustrated and humiliated.
15 Let those who say to me, "Yes! Oh, yes!" be destroyed by their shame.
16 But let all who seek you celebrate and rejoice in you. Let those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD is great!"
17 But me? I'm weak and needy. Let my Lord think of me. You are my help and my rescuer. My God, don't wait any longer!

Psalms 40 Commentary

Chapter 40

Confidence for deliverance. (1-5) Christ's work of redemption. (6-10) Prayer for mercy and grace. (11-17)

Verses 1-5 Doubts and fears about the eternal state, are a horrible pit and miry clay, and have been so to many a dear child of God. There is power enough in God to help the weakest, and grace enough to help the unworthiest of all that trust in him. The psalmist waited patiently; he continued believing, hoping, and praying. This is applicable to Christ. His agony, in the garden and on the cross, was a horrible pit and miry clay. But those that wait patiently for God do not wait in vain. Those that have been under religious melancholy, and by the grace of God have been relieved, may apply ver. Verse 2 very feelingly to themselves; they are brought up out of a horrible pit. Christ is the Rock on which a poor soul can alone stand fast. Where God has given stedfast hope, he expects there should be a steady, regular walk and conduct. God filled the psalmist with joy, as well as peace in believing. Multitudes, by faith beholding the sufferings and glory of Christ, have learned to fear the justice and trust in the mercy of God through Him. Many are the benefits with which we are daily loaded, both by the providence and by the grace of God.

Verses 6-10 The psalmist foretells that work of wonder, redemption by our Lord Jesus Christ. The Substance must come, which is Christ, who must bring that glory to God, and that grace to man, which it was impossible the sacrifices should ever do. Observe the setting apart of our Lord Jesus to the work and office of Mediator. In the volume, or roll, of the book it was written of him. In the close rolls of the Divine decrees and counsel, the covenant of redemption was recorded. Also, in all the volumes of the Old Testament something was written of him, ( John 19:28 ) . Now the purchase of our salvation is made, the proclamation is sent forth, calling us to come and accept it. It was preached freely and openly. Whoever undertook to preach the gospel of Christ, would be under great temptation to conceal it; but Christ, and those he calls to that work, are carried on in it. May we believe his testimony, trust his promise, and submit to his authority.

Verses 11-17 The best saints see themselves undone, unless continually preserved by the grace of God. But see the frightful view the psalmist had of sin. This made the discovery of a Redeemer so welcome. In all his reflections upon each step of his life, he discovered something amiss. The sight and sense of our sins in their own colours, must distract us, if we have not at the same time some sight of a Saviour. If Christ has triumphed over our spiritual enemies, then we, through him, shall be more than conquerors. This may encourage all that seek God and love his salvation, to rejoice in him, and to praise him. No griefs nor poverty can render those miserable who fear the Lord. Their God, and all that he has or does, is the ground of their joy. The prayer of faith can unlock his fulness, which is adapted to all their wants. The promises are sure, the moment of fulfilment hastens forward. He who once came in great humility, shall come again in glorious majesty.

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