We can clearly see that David, in Psalm 40, is really feeling bad. He feels he’s been down in the pit of destruction, swimming in the miry bog. Using that as a backdrop, later he contrasts God’s generosity toward him.

God has done really amazing things for David, providing for him more than what he was expecting.

But, Isn’t God supposed to do that? Helping and rescuing is part of what makes God, well, God… right?

 

It would be fare to ask us why would God do anything for us. He is not morally obligated, since our current stage of sin and misery is, totally, our fault. A deep need for being recognized is neither a reason.

Why, then, would God do such things as putting a new song in David’s mouth, drew him out of the pit, be David’s helper and deliverer?

David is aware is his own condition (one of the elements to be able to express thankfulness). Of himself he says in verse 12,

For evils have (W)encompassed me
    beyond number;
my (X)iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot (Y)see;
they are (Z)more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart (AA)fails me.

 

Then, again, in verse 17

As for me, I am (AI)poor and needy

 

David is not counting on any personal achievements to impress God. Bu David was a very religious person, right? Surely that kind of devotion and sincerity must count for something. Right?

In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open (O)ear.[a]
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Verse 6

 

Oops.

 

So, What is the foundation of God’s generosity? What is the reason He is able and willing to express His holiness in such a way? If it’s not personal achievements and / or religiosity, then what is it?

 

It is the satisfaction God the Father finds in God the Son, Jesus Christ. In Him, the Father is well pleased. And because of His good pleasure is that God lavishes His people with His goodness.

We are loved and restored because the Father loves the Son. The natural response of a human heart that knows this certainty is thanksgiving. In this particular Psalm, David expresses that thanksgiving by telling the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation.

 

Christian! Do you know the freedom and certainty of this love?

Christian! What is stopping you from telling the Glad News?

 

Gracia & Paz

AlexV