Psalm 40: Participation in God’s Plan

As we patiently anticipate God’s answer, what should our expectation be?

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Psalm 40:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of David.

I patiently anticipated God’s answer. He heard my cry and reached out to me. He lifted me up from a terrible pit. Out of miry clay, he set my feet upon solid rock, giving me an unshakeable place to stand.
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Psalm 40:1–2 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

How can our praising God affect others?

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Psalm 40:3 He gave me a new song of praise, so many will recognize, respect, and trust the Lord.
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Psalm 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

Under what conditions can we expect God’s blessing?

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Psalm 40:4 Those who trust the Lord will be blessed, but God has no respect for the proud who embrace lies.
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Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Why might counting God’s miracles be difficult?

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Psalm 40:5 Lord, can I count the number of wonderful works you have done? How could I know the great things you have planned for us? Nothing compares to the glory you have in store. If I attempt to describe your majesty, no words are adequate, and your miracles are too numerous to count.
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Psalm 40:5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Of what value were the sacrifices and offerings if they didn’t fulfill God’s purpose for them?

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Psalm 40:6 You weren’t after my sacrifices and offerings. You wanted me to hear and follow you, so burnt offerings and sin offerings weren’t the requirement.
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Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

How much does God know about us? Why might that be both comforting and concerning?

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Psalm 40:7 So I said, “Here I am. Everything about me is written in your book.”
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Psalm 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

How can we be sure God’s ways are better than ours?

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Psalm 40:8 My greatest pleasure is doing what you want, God. Your desire governs what I want.
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Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

What arguments can we use to effectively proclaim God’s righteousness?

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Psalm 40:9–10 As you know, Lord, I have proclaimed your righteousness without reservation. Your righteousness was not something I could keep quiet about. Before the great assembly of your people, I declared your love and faithfulness, how I experienced your deliverance and have been changed by your truth.
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Psalm 40:9–10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

Why is God merciful to some and not to others?

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Psalm 40:11 Always show me mercy, Lord. Let your love and faithfulness keep me safe.
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Psalm 40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

If God cares for us, why doesn’t he immediately come to our aid, instead leaving us to face countless problems?

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Psalm 40:12–13 Countless problems have come at me from all sides. My faults have been so overwhelming, more numerous than the hairs on my head. I lacked the courage to look up and face anyone. Please come to my aid quickly, Lord.
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Psalm 40:12–13 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.

Why should we want our enemies to be embarrassed?

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Psalm 40:14–15 May those who seek to kill me be confused and ashamed, made sorry they ever wished for my misfortune. Embarrass those who gloated, saying, “Aha!”
King James
Psalm 40:14–15 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

What can we do to experience God’s deliverance? When and where should we rejoice?

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Psalm 40:16 Let those who seek you rejoice in your deliverance, continually saying, “Isn’t God good? He is wonderful.”
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Psalm 40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

If we don’t deserve God’s favor, what right do we have to expect it?

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Psalm 40:17 Poor and needy, I don’t deserve the plans you have for me, God. But you are my help and deliverance, so don’t delay.
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Psalm 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.