Psalm 40

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.


There certainly is plenty to talk about and to celebrate in this psalm, but for now I would just like to focus on one of the verses not sung a thousand times across America every Sunday.  Verse 6 says, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; my ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.”  If you want God to work all the celebration worthy actions from the rest of this psalm on your behalf, then listen to what He is telling you.  And don’t give me the “He’s not telling me anything” business.  He’s always telling you something, you just need to get better at listening.  Ask Him to open your ears, spend time in listening in prayer, read your Bible and make time to meditate on what you read.  God is not interested in sacrifices and offerings nearly as much as He is in a person who listens and obeys.  If you are not listening, you might wait when you should charge, charge when you should flee, or flee when you should wait.  Also, waiting on God is not the same as hesitating because you don’t know what to do.  When you let God open your ears, and you learn to really listen, you will always know what to do.

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