Psalm 40: 1-11

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord their trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come–it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is written within my heart.”

I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O Lord. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and truth from the great assembly.

Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me.

A Thought 

God has made all things possible for all who will trust and obey him. But sometimes we have to wait patiently while God is working things out for our good. If we never had any struggles to overcome, we may not experience the joy that over floods our soul when we see the plans that God has completed for us. We must keep on eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our work, placing our trust on him and not looking for our own solution in things. We need to remember and to declare the righteousness of our God with a song of praise on our lips.

Our Prayer

Father thank you that we are not required to give burnt offerings or sin offerings because you have provided your love and mercy to all who trust and obey you. We desire to be patient and to declare your faithfulness and salvation so others may see your righteousness in us. Thank you for mercy, love and truth that always protects us. In Jesus’ name, amen.