Psalms 40:1

1 I 1waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and 2heard my cry.

Psalms 40:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 40:1

I waited patiently for the Lord
Or "waiting I waited" {i}; which denotes continuance, constancy, and patience; and which Christ exercised in the garden, when he submitted himself entirely to the will of God; and on the cross, when he continued in sure hope and firm expectation of his help and assistance, though he was for a while forsaken by him; see ( Isaiah 50:7-9 ) ;

and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry;
both in the garden, by delivering him from fear of death; and on the cross, by upholding, helping, and assisting him, by carrying him through his sufferings and death, and raising him from the dead; see ( Isaiah 49:8 ) ( Hebrews 5:7 ) .


F9 (ytywq hwq) "expectando expectavi", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus Musculus, Rivetus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 40:1 In-Context

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
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.
4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 27:14; Psalms 37:7
  • 2. Psalms 39:12
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