The benefit of confidence in God.
Psalms 40:1 To the Overseer.A Psalm of David. I have diligently expected Jehovah, And He inclineth to me, and heareth my cry, Psalms 40:2 And He doth cause me to come up From a pit of desolationfrom mire of mud, And He raiseth up on a rock my feet, He is establishing my steps. Psalms 40:3 And He putteth in my mouth a new song, 'Praise to our God.' Many do see and fear, and trust in Jehovah. Psalms 40:4 O the happiness of the man Who hath made Jehovah his trust, And hath not turned unto the proud, And those turning aside to lies. Psalms 40:5 Much hast Thou done, Jehovah my God; Thy wonders and Thy thoughts toward us, There is none to arrange unto Thee, I declare and speak: They have been more than to be numbered.
Obedience is the best sacrifice.
Psalms 40:6 Sacrifice and present Thou hast not desired, Ears Thou hast prepared for me, Burnt and sin-offering Thou hast not asked. Psalms 40:7 Then said I, 'Lo, I have come,' In the roll of the book it is written of me, Psalms 40:8 To do Thy pleasure, my God, I have delighted, And Thy law [is] within my heart. Psalms 40:9 I have proclaimed tidings of righteousness In the great assembly, lo, my lips I restrain not, O Jehovah, Thou hast known. Psalms 40:10 Thy righteousness I have not concealed In the midst of my heart, Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation I have told, I have not hidden Thy kindness and Thy truth, To the great assembly.
The sense of David's evils inflameth his prayer.
Psalms 40:11 Thou, O Jehovah, restrainest not Thy mercies from me, Thy kindness and Thy truth do continually keep me. Psalms 40:12 For compassed me have evils innumerable, Overtaken me have mine iniquities, And I have not been able to see; They have been more than the hairs of my head, And my heart hath forsaken me. Psalms 40:13 Be pleased, O Jehovah, to deliver me, O Jehovah, for my help make haste. Psalms 40:14 They are ashamed and confounded together, Who are seeking my soul to destroy it, They are turned backward, And are ashamed, who are desiring my evil. Psalms 40:15 They are desolate because of their shame, Who are saying to me, 'Aha, aha.' Psalms 40:16 All seeking Thee rejoice and are glad in Thee, Those loving Thy salvation say continually, 'Jehovah is magnified.' Psalms 40:17 And I [am] poor and needy, The Lord doth devise for me. My help and my deliverer [art] Thou, O my God, tarry Thou not.