Psalms – The joy of deliverance
Psalm 40 is a great celebration of God stepping into a situation.
- Desperation – David uses the illustration of being stuck in the mud. Situations can suck us down and we can become tired and exhausted. It can be a frightening experience. Most of us have felt like this at one time or another in our lives. The situation dominates our lives. We desperately try to get out of the situation, but we often sink deeper and there seems to be no-one there to help us. David describes being in just such a situation and he describes waiting, waiting, waiting for the Lord to deliver him. David knew that God could and would deliver him. Jesus can set us free.
- Deliverance and delight – David says that God turned to him and heard his cry. God heard David and acted to help him in his crisis. David felt the everlasting arms of God lifting him out of the mess he was in. Jesus can lift us up, rescue us and deliver us. He can set our feet upon a rock and give us a firm place to stand. God put a new song in David’s mouth. David had a new testimony to share. There is power in testimony. When Gd rescues us we need to share it.
- Dedication – David did not want to do the normal religious stuff, he wanted to serve the God who had delivered him. If we realise what Jesus has done for us we will want to dedicate our lives to Him and serve Him (Romans 12:1-2). David told others what God had done for him. We need to make sure we tell others what God has done for us.