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Read Psalm 40:1-11


Read Psalm 40:1-11

40            I waited patiently for the Lord’s help;
then he listened to me and heard my cry.
2     He pulled me out of a dangerous pit,
out of the deadly quicksand.
He set me safely on a rock
and made me secure.
3     He taught me to sing a new song,
a song of praise to our God.
Many who see this will take warning
and will put their trust in the Lord.
4     Happy are those who trust the Lord,
who do not turn to idols
or join those who worship false gods.
5     You have done many things for us, O Lord our God;
there is no one like you!
You have made many wonderful plans for us.
I could never speak of them all—
their number is so great!
6     You do not want sacrifices and offerings;
you do not ask for animals burnt whole on the altar
or for sacrifices to take away sins.
Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,
7           and so I answered, “Here I am;
your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.p
8     How I love to do your will, my God!
I keep your teaching in my heart.”
9     In the assembly of all your people, Lord,
I told the good news that you save us.
You know that I will never stop telling it.
10   I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;
I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.
In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent
about your loyalty and constant love.
11   Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.
Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.

Think

“LORD, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.  Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.” – Ps 40:11
The Psalmist bubbles over with the good news of God’s love for him.  He can’t help telling others about what God has done; not out of pride or duty – but out of gratitude.

Pray

Lord, thank you for your constant love and mercy.  Help me to share it with others in the way I walk and the way I talk.


6 40.6–8: He 10:5–7
7 40.6–8: He 10:5–7
p your instructions ... Law; or my devotion to you is recorded in your book.
8 40.6–8: He 10:5–7

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