Psalm 40: “David is Delivered”
Up to this point, we’ve seen a lot of the Davidic Psalms where he is crying out to the Lord. Here, seemingly, we see a psalm in which David has been heard. David has been delivered and has been given a new song to sing. In verses 4-5, we see the personal correction that David has with the Lord. We see that thenLord thinks about us (verse 5) and that He blesses those who trusts in the Lord (verse 4). When we get to verses 6-8, we recognize that this psalm is one of the Messianic psalms, and speaks regarding the Bond Servant, Jesus Christ. In verse 6 alone, you see 4 types of offerings, including those that do and don’t require bloodshed, as well as specific offerings, such as the burnt offering and the sin offering. David says that God does not desire that type of sacrifice, but rather obedience. We see this passage in the book of Hebrews, chapter 10, so we see that it speaks of Jesus, and the crucifixion. Finally, in verses 9-12, we see that in addition to obedience, the response to this is to tell others about the “glad news of deliverance” (9), His mercy (11) and His justice (12). David finishes the psalm with some specific requests and praise of the Lord, particularly around forgiveness and deliverance from his iniquities. If nothing else, we can learn that we have victory in Jesus. If you cannot say that, then you may not be a child of God. God is patient, and desires that all are able to enjoy this deliverance (see 2 Peter 3:9). Are you victorious?