Writing for Volume 5 is continuing to go smoothly, as writing has wrapped up (for now) on Psalm 40, one of my all-time favorite Psalms, particularly because the first three verses are my testimony:
“I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 40: 1-3)
This is one of those Psalms that I feel I could never set to music well enough to do it justice. The testimony of those first three verses is so uplifting, so meaningful to every believer that has experienced similar deliverance – and the rest of the Psalm, which I really was able to discover and examine completely for the first time these past two months – is so richly theological and multi-layered in the way it points to Christ’s future ministry (vs. 7-8), the way it emphasizes the importance of public testimony to our spiritual health (vs. 9-11), and reveals that the writer of this Psalm, despite the rich testimony from his past recounted in verses 1-3, is currently in the midst of a deep and complicated struggle both within and without: “For evils without number have surrounded me, and my iniquities have overtaken me” (vs. 12).
Once again, however, like most Psalms, Psalm 40 ends with a hopeful prayer: “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in You…You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God” (vs. 16-17).
May this song redound to God’s glory throughout the earth, encouraging the saints and reminding them of the depth and power of God’s deliverance toward those who wait patiently for Him (vs. 1), trust in Him (vs. 4), testify of Him (vs. 9), seek Him (vs. 16) and love His salvation (vs. 16).