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Commentary » Psalms 40:1-Psalms 40:10 »

A Joyful Report About David’s Deliverance

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Psalm 40 can be divided into two parts. The first part constitutes a report of deliverance (vv. 1-10). While the second part is a prayer of praise and thanksgiving (vv.11-17). We find the Psalm beginning with David’s joyful report to the congregation about his deliverance and an encouragement to them to trust the Lord.

If this song was written soon after the illness alluded to in the previous Psalms, then it can provide an interesting illustration of the benefits of sickness. Sometimes God may force us to look up by putting us flat on our back. I know personally that when things are going well it is easy to forget God. David said that he patiently waited on the Lord to hear his prayer and pull him from a lonely pit (vv. 1-2). He put his feet on a solid rock and gave him a new song and praise for the Lord God (v. 3). He says the Lord blesses those who trust Him and refuses to worship idols or follow false gods (v. 4). Did David realize how many wonderful things God had provided and done for him (v. 5).

David makes it clear that God is more interested in obedience than He is in sacrifices (v. 6) (I Sam. 15:22). He said he is here to fulfill what is written in the law (vv. 7-8). David gives a strong testimony that illustrates his thankfulness to God for His faithfulness and salvation (vv. 9-10). It says that he “did not refrain his lips,” he “did not hide God’s righteousness,” he “did not conceal God’s loving-kindness and truth.”


It is so easy to think we are good because of what we have done and not rely on what God has done. I need to just sit for a few moments and think on the greatness of God and who He is. Praise Him for how great He is and how much He means to me.

Psalms 40:1-10 (English Standard Version)

I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 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. 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 a lie! 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. In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. Then I said, "Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.

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