Apparently, I like and have read this Psalm before. My Bible has extensive notes written on it. (See the image.)
And having read it again, I can definitely see why. So much here. David starts with patience. Not always an easy thing to do. The Bible abounds with references to things being done in God’s timing, not ours. But it gets easier if we KNOW that it is all under God’s control. And it’s easier still if you have had multiple positive experiences with previous patience. David has seen and experience God act multiple times in his life so he can endure his trials with confident expectation that God will do what is right. He may not like it, but he trusts God.
In the 2nd verse he remembers and reminds himself how God helped him in the past and rescued him “out of the slimy pit” and renewed his mind and spirit (verse 3). He as surrendered himself to the Lord in the past and allowed God to work on him, and he is willing to do it again.
Rejoice (joy) is mentioned in verse 16, but verse 8 is what really caught my eye and my attention in today’s Bible study.
“I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8
I desire to do YOUR will. If we trust in God, knowing that he has the perfect plan, even if we don’t like the trials and tribulations it puts us through, having the desire to do His will can be invigorating. I mean knowing that I had a part in the success of God’s plan is really cool. But to be the tool, the servant, that God wants me to be means being refined. Put through trials. Being attacked. And more.
Even with all that trouble, having faith in God. KNOWING, like David does, that God has my back, is just freeing. Takes the stress away. I don’t have to like all the experiences. The tragedies. The pain. The trials. And more. I always think of Job here. I just have to trust God and have faith. I feel like I am repeating myself. It’s just a lot in my head as I type.
David had “troubles without number.” And he probably caused more than a few of his own troubles. He got discouraged. He said, “my heart fails” which means to me that he felt spiritually weak and attacked. Yet in the end, the last verse, David acknowledges his need and his lack of control. He shared his humility and spiritual need with everyone. And we know how the story ends. David didn’t. He lived it. God delivered greater than he ever thought possible.
Now verse 16a. The joy verse for today. A great way to end today’s Bible study. And . . . this is my prayer to you the reader and to my friends. “May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.”