The Rest of the Story

This is the continuation of my last post “Not All Psalms Are Beautiful”.  It isn’t really necessary to read that post before reading “The Rest of the Story”… you will see why, as I share what the Lord blessed me with from Psalm 40 in comparison to David’s 38th psalm.
David wrote in Psalm 38 about his personal struggle with the ugliness of his own sin and the fear of those set to destroy him.  So he cried to God with a heart of repentance for mercy, forgiveness and help.
Psalm 40  is God’s gracious loving response to David’s real pain and anguish of Psalm 38.  It is filled with praise, love, joy, and genuine thanksgiving to the LORD God!  David also wanted to use this as a place to reflect back to it whenever he fell back into that same place of sin, anguish and fear.
 

Psalm 40~~The Beauty of God’s Faithfulness

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 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.

3 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.

4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

5 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.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come– it is written about me in the scroll.

8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.

10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly.

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

12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.

13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me.

14 May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.

15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame.

16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, “The LORD be exalted!”

17 Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.  

 After reading this Psalm, all I can do is weep with a heart overflowing with joy…for this is the same God we love and serve daily.  He has not changed and He never will!  May you “exalt Him” and KNOW that if you, like David experience times of  utter despair, are willing to repent and  cry our to Him, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, He does hear and He will deliver you from your despair.  I know!  Blessings to all!

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Streim

There is great peace and joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am blessed to serve our Heavenly Father through Him. Everyday is a new day to share the the glorious Gospel message of grace and forgiveness; the blessings of hope; the Father God's eternal promises; and the importance of living daily in the will of God according to the Scriptures, especially now with the world in chaos and uncertainty. My life before I asked God to forgive me of all my sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and I repented (turned away from it); was one of utter selfishness in all aspects of my life. I partied, I lived for ME and only me! Now, I live for Him, with great joy daily. I want to share the Gospel, encourage other sisters/brothers in Christ through prayer and do as He leads by the faith He's given through His abundant grace! Read more on my "About Me" page at my site.

One thought on “The Rest of the Story”

  1. “He put a new song in my mouth…The Lord be exalted.” “Yet I am poor and needy…O my God, do not delay.” Praise God I have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His Son (Light).

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