Psalms Chapter 40
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5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 40 Bible commentary...
Confidence for deliverance. (1-5) Christ's work of redemption. (6-10) Prayer for mercy and grace. (11-17)
1-5 Doubts and fears about the eternal state, are a horrible pit and miry clay, and have been so to many a dear child of God. There is power enough in God to help the weakest, and grace enough to help the unworthiest of all that trust in him. The psalmist waited patiently; he continued believing, hoping, and praying. This is applicable to Christ. His agony, in the garden and on the cross, was a horrible pit and miry clay. But those that wait patiently for God do not wait in vain. Those that have been under religious melancholy, and by the grace of God have been relieved, may apply ver. #2| very feelingly to themselves; they are brought up out of a horrible pit. Christ is the Rock on which a poor soul can alone stand fast. Where God has given stedfast hope, he expects there should be a steady, regular walk and conduct. God filled the psalmist with joy, as well as peace in believing. Multitudes, by faith beholding the sufferings and glory of Christ, have learned to fear the justice and trust in the mercy of God through Him. Many are the benefits with which we are daily loaded, both by the providence and by the grace of God.
6-10 The psalmist foretells that work of wonder, redemption by our Lord Jesus Christ. The Substance must come, which is Christ, who must bring that glory to God, and that grace to man, which it was impossible the sacrifices should ever do. Observe the setting apart of our Lord Jesus to the work and office of Mediator. In the volume, or roll, of the book it was written of him. In the close rolls of the Divine decrees and counsel, the covenant of redemption was recorded. Also, in all the volumes of the Old Testament something was written of him, #Joh 19:28|. Now the purchase of our salvation is made, the proclamation is sent forth, calling us to come and accept it. It was preached freely and openly. Whoever undertook to preach the gospel of Christ, would be under great temptation to conceal it; but Christ, and those he calls to that work, are carried on in it. May we believe his testimony, trust his promise, and submit to his authority.
11-17 The best saints see themselves undone, unless continually preserved by the grace of God. But see the frightful view the psalmist had of sin. This made the discovery of a Redeemer so welcome. In all his reflections upon each step of his life, he discovered something amiss. The sight and sense of our sins in their own colours, must distract us, if we have not at the same time some sight of a Saviour. If Christ has triumphed over our spiritual enemies, then we, through him, shall be more than conquerors. This may encourage all that seek God and love his salvation, to rejoice in him, and to praise him. No griefs nor poverty can render those miserable who fear the Lord. Their God, and all that he has or does, is the ground of their joy. The prayer of faith can unlock his fulness, which is adapted to all their wants. The promises are sure, the moment of fulfilment hastens forward. He who once came in great humility, shall come again in glorious majesty.
Timothy Wayne George's Psalms Chapter 40 comment about verse 16 on 3/12/2013, 8:10am...
Let such as seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee. Let such as love thy salvation, say continually the Lord be magnified. King David waited patiently for the Lord, and He delivered him from the pit. He preached righteousness in the great congregation. Though this Psalm is about the Lord Jesus Christ, as it is written in the volume of the book, “Lo a body thou has given me, I delight to do thy will.” Jesus went to the cross to pay our sin debt, and rose the third day for our justification. Jesus will sing in the great congregation of His brothers. Thank God we can sing to the glory of God for all that He has done for us. Tell someone about the love of God, and share your bread with the poor and the needy.
Darlene's Psalms Chapter 40 comment on 3/09/2013, 9:31am...
If you believe in God, you will be satisfied with God.
Thomas colbert's Psalms Chapter 40 comment on 9/11/2012, 3:26pm...
sure sounds like jesus however the hebrew/english
bible reads:book written FOR me not ABOUT me
Ashley Emenike's Psalms Chapter 40 comment about verse 5 on 11/02/2011, 3:27am...
Count your blessings name them one by one, Count your blessings name them one by one, Count your blessings name them one by one, you'll be surprised at what the Lord has done. I want to refer all to the speech by Abraham Lincoln declaring the last Thursday of November of every year as Thanks giving day. Count your blessing friends.
Wolfgang E. Schroder's Psalms Chapter 40 comment on 6/05/2010, 10:46am...
Without being much of a model Christian, I do find peace in the Good Book and particularly in the Psalms. They always have a wise word for the troubles in life. As a musician I can tell they had the purpose of glorify His power and sing His kindness. There's protection in Psalms and wisdom for day to day life
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