A Perfect God
Light of True Light, draw me to You. May I glow with Your salvation, which is the light for the world.
Read Psalm 40:1-17
 For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
According to this psalm, how does God want us to respond when he enters our experience and does for us what no one else can do?
David’s background could hardly be more different from that of many believers in New Testament times. He was a king, while many believers in New Testament times were ex-pagans who had just come to salvation in Jesus. But they all experienced both the blessings of God towards them and the hostility of those around them. David knew what it was to be recovered by God from sinful destruction. The new believers had seen Jesus deliver them from the emptiness of paganism and enable them to embrace belief in him. Do not we also have many wonders to declare of what God has done for us?
Many early believers (such as the Thessalonians) were oriented to all that God was planning to do for them in eternity, while David was thinking more of the blessings to his descendants. But he saw, dimly, that what God had planned for his people was greater than he understood. The house that God was to build for him (2 Sam. 7:27) would include the coming of Jesus, through whom David and we gain salvation. The words that David uses in vs. 6-8 are put in the mouth of Jesus by the writer to the Hebrews (Heb. 10:5-7). It is the obedience of our Savior that brings salvation. The sacrifices of Israel dealt only with external things, but he transforms the heart.
The response to the message of God’s salvation for both David and the first Christians involved witness in a hostile world. Even as they cry out for relief, they want to witness. There is the concern that God should be honored and that no one should detract from his glory. If both David and the New Testament believers want to see God’s judgment on evil-doers, there is in the Gospel a desire that they also might repent and turn to God.
Are you good at waiting? How long do you wait before giving up on God? How does this psalm help you deal with any impatience?
Lord, I seek You with a desire to rejoice and be filled with gladness (16). I exalt Your name and pray that others will know the joy of Your salvation.
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