Psalm 40 III

  1. Psalm 40 Read by Micah (RSV shown below)

Thanksgiving for Deliverance and Prayer for Help

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

40 [39] I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit,[a]
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
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.

Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after false gods!
Thou hast multiplied, O Lord my God,
thy wondrous deeds and thy thoughts toward us;
none can compare with thee!
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
they would be more than can be numbered.

Sacrifice and offering thou dost not desire;
but thou hast given me an open ear.[b]
Burnt offering and sin offering
thou hast not required.
Then I said, “Lo, I come;
in the roll of the book it is written of me;
I delight to do thy will, O my God;
thy law is within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
lo, I have not restrained my lips,
as thou knowest, O Lord.
10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation;
I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness
from the great congregation.

11 Do not thou, O Lord, withhold
thy mercy from me,
let thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness
ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me
without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
till I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!
14 Let them be put to shame and confusion altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire my hurt!
15 Let them be appalled because of their shame
who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek thee
rejoice and be glad in thee;
may those who love thy salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy;
but the Lord takes thought for me.
Thou art my help and my deliverer;
do not tarry, O my God!


  1. Psalm 40:2 Cn: Heb pit of tumult
  2. Psalm 40:6 Heb ears thou hast dug for me
  3. A Review of Individual Lines

Insights as I read the text, after getting a sense of the context, take the first read for yourself. Then consult commentaries. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you personally and then have the brethren confirm. Ps 92:13 “Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” Or 1 Cor 13 Growing in our gifts is the community of a church. Paul stated in 1 Cor 13:9 “We know in part and we prophesy in part” Humility to recognize we have incomplete insights and other believers can have different insights. The Rule of Faith is the standard of measure, The Credo. Standard measure for the faith. Christocentric, Trinitarian, Rule of Faith, Ecclesial.Bouncing off what hear others who are curious and hunger to be closer to HS. Gain so much going over SS with others, adjust perspective, widen gaze.

Vs 1-3 Patiently waiting on the Lord’s timing >> trust, confidence, the Lord does hear us, recalling past deeds of help (drew, set are past tense)

  • rock, Christ 2 Sam 22:2 The Lord is my rock, 1 Cor 10:4 And the rock was Christ

  • steps, way, path, walk secure, pointing to better things

Prov 16:9 The heart of a man disposes his way, but the LORD must direct his steps.

  • a new song of praise will help others to come to the Lord, the New Testament, Evangelium, The Good News. Heb 9:12 “by his own blood he entered once into the holies, having obtained eternal redemption.”

  • new song is about a new man, Christ Rev 21:5 ‘Behold I make all things new’.

Steps secure confidence security attached to it. Feel confident in those thisg make us safe. Drawn up from destruction, new song in mouth.

Remembrance deliverance, realize a new thing happening. Music supernatural aspect to it. Songs with our voices. Praise of God through singing.

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