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Psalm 40:1-10

Psalm 40:1-10


I. The psalmist was in a messy-situation for a significant period of time

1. The words “cry,” “slimy pit (lowest level),” “mud” and “miry clay,” [figurative] convey that the psalmist suffered loneliness, helplessness, rejection, and instability

2. “Waited-waited” (infinitive construct) informs that the unpleasant situation lasted for a prolonged period

3. Though situation appears to have worsened, he did not cease to wait for God

4. He did not resort to his own method of coming out, but kept “crying” (cry of anguish for not receiving an answer) to God (nor given up)

II. At the appropriate time, God reaches out to the psalmist who was in a helpless situation and places him in a stable place

1. The word conveys someone “jumping into” or “go up” to rescue a person
2. The word “cleft of a rock” is used figuratively to mean “stability”
3. The psalmist’s situation changed from instability to stability

III. The psalm teaches that God alone is the source of help in time of trouble (verse 4)

1. Blessed is the one who does not look to any human source
2. Blessed is the one who does not look to any material that cannot save

IV. The psalmist teaches that God has plans for those who trust Him (verse 5; vs. Jeremiah 29:11)

1. The psalmist responds to God in two ways

(a) Renewed dedication to God (vv. 6-10)

(a1) The heart of God is not one’s religious rituals or the routine work (verse 6)
(a2) Dedication to God is to know what pleases Him (verse 7)

– He list them in the following verses
– Commitment to share his testimony to others
– Obedience is the real sacrifice and response to God’s goodness

2. Jesus is the model for obedience (cf. Hebrews 10:5-7) [this is a messianic psalm]

V. Take Away

Share your testimony to others

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at