Faith Persevering in Trial
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them they are more than can be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; my ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. 7 Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.” 9 I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know. 10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O LORD; let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head; therefore my heart fails me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; O LORD, make haste to help me! 14 Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor who wish me evil. 15 Let them be confounded because of their shame, who say to me, “Aha, aha!” 16 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The LORD be magnified!” 17 But I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.
The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s book ‘BE Worshipful’.
Hebrews 10:5-9 quotes 40:6-8 and applies the passage to Christ, which makes this a messianic psalm. Some see the birth of Christ in verse 7. His sinless life in verse 8, and His sacrificial death in verse 6. However, it was first of all a psalm about David and his needs and how the Lord met them, but the historical setting is obscure. David may have written it during his difficult exile years or perhaps during the early years of his reign. It’s unusual for a psalm to have a prayer for mercy following praise and dedication…. From whatever experiences led to the writing of this psalm, David learned some valuable lessons and gave us three important instructions to follow in the difficult times of life.
1. Praise God for All He Has Done (vv. 1-5). No matter what our trouble or trial, it’s always good to look back and recall the goodness of the Lord……If David learned anything from his exile years, it was that ultimate success depends on faith in the Lord and patience during His providential working (5:3; 33:20;…)…..An old-fashioned country preacher used verses 2-3 for a sermon text, and his “points” were the following: God brought him up, God stood him up, and God tuned him up!……God helped David because he trusted the Lord, did not show respect to the arrogant who opposed God, and remained true to the God of Israel……Unlike David, King Saul was a proud man who trusted in himself and made himself more important than God. In looking back on those years as an exile and a hunted man, David saw the greatness of God’s works (wonders) and the wisdom of His plans (v. 5). This is his version of Romans 8:28.
2. Give God All That He Asks (vv. 6-10). After all God had done for David, how could the king express to the Lord his appreciation for His mercies? He could bring sacrifices to the altar, but that wasn’t God’s first desire. This doesn’t mean that such sacrifices were wrong or that God didn’t want His people to offer them, but that God wanted their hearts first of all……
In verse 6, sacrifice means any animal whose blood was offered at the altar, followed by the communal meal. Offering refers to the meal offering that could accompany the sacrifices, and the burnt offering symbolized total dedication to the Lord. The sin offering was given to cover specific offenses and bring reconciliation between the offender and God. All of these were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice on the cross satisfied the justice of God once and for all, for time and eternity (Lev. 1-7; Heb. 10:1-17). The “open ears” refer to his readiness to hear and obey God’s will (1 Sam. 9:15; 20:2…..)…..An open ear means a yielded will and a surrendered body. When the heart delights in God’s law, the will has no problem obeying (119:11…..)……
David was enthusiastic about telling others what the Lord had done for him, and he is a good example for us to follow (22:25; 26:12….)……
3. Trust God for All That Remains (vv. 11-17)……Worship is not an escape from life but the opportunity to honor God and be equipped to face life and live for His glory…..Most of all, David wanted the Lord to be magnified and His people to be blessed as they served Him (vv. 16-17). David couldn’t see what lay ahead (v. 12….), but God knew the future and had everything under control. As he often did (7:1, 5….). David prayed for speedy deliverance……(v. 17) says it all. The great I AM is adequate for every need.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.