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Psalm 40

June 4, 2009

In many ways this is a psalm of thanksgiving and a continuation of Psalm 38 and 39. Psalm 38 is of repentance. Psalm 39 is waiting on the Lord and Psalm 40 is thanking the Lord for His goodness.

This psalm begins by expressing what David did in Psalm 39, waiting on the Lord. The Lord has answered and assured David of his redemption by lifting him up and providing him with solid footing. The Lord is once again David’s Rock. Fellowship has been restored between David and the Lord. David is restored, happy, and praising God openly. He is witnessing of God’s love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and goodness. He recalls all that God has done for him. He, David, has been restored physically, mentally, and spiritually.

In order to be restored, God did not require sacrifices or offerings. God wanted David to be quiet and listen [vs. 6]. David responded by recommitting his life to God’s will, to following God’s Word. By so doing, David becomes a “living sacrifice” showing and telling of God’s righteousness and faithfulness. He is unable to conceal God’s love and truth. This reminds me of what Paul wrote in Romans 12. The psalmist David is transformed into the image of God.

David continues to ask the Lord for mercy because of his sins and to seek salvation from the Lord. He recognizes that he fell short of God’s glory even though God has reestablished him on the throne of Israel and has forgiven and restored him spiritually. David continues to ask God to protect him from his enemies and to lift those up who seek God and worship Him.

David knows his position. He is poor and needy. This is recognizing his spiritual position and not his earthly position. His trust is in God, not in his wealth or position.

God is good. God is merciful. God will restore us if we will just sit at his feet and listen. He will forgive us our sins and renew us in service to Him. That is how we are to worship Him. Once restored, we will sing praise to Him in all that we say and do. We are recreated in His image for His glory. Amen!

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