9 I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
In the great assembly;
Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You Yourself know.
10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
From the great assembly. – Psa. 40:9-10
We hear enough bad news from the world. Good News is to be shared.
“My ears You have opened.” – Psa. 40:6b
The original Hebrew text says, “Ears You have dug for me.” The image is of a person incapable of hearing until God carves a way. We are deaf to God until He opens our spiritual ears to listen.
“Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” – Psa. 40:5
There are many false ideas about God.
Here is the truth: More wonderful works and thoughts than can numbered.
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul!” – Psa. 66:16
What has He NOT done for my soul? He has done it all.
“I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear and will trust in the Lord.” – Psa. 40:1-3
Only God can bring you out of the horrible pit and plant your feet upon stable land. He will lean close and hear your cry.
“Be filled with the Spirit.” – Eph. 5:18b
This is a command; be continuously permeated with God’s Holy Spirit.
“Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.
I was mute, I did not open my mouth,
Because it was You who did it.
Remove Your plague from me;
I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity,
You make his beauty melt away like a moth;
Surely every man is vapor. Selah” – Psa. 39:8-11
Interesting verses to wrestle with.
Note that it is God who is behind David’s transgressions and reproach. It is God who sends the plague. It is God’s hand that delivers the blow. It is God who rebukes man for sin.
As RC always said, there is no maverick molecule; God is sovereign over all.
“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” – Psa. 39:7
Waiting and hoping here is not “wishful thinking.” It is expectantly anticipating certainty.
“Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them.” – Psa. 39:6
Stuff you own may end up owning you.