A fresh look at Psalm 40 from a New Testament perspective, especially Philippians 3 and 4:
I waited patiently for the Lord, reminding myself that He is always loving and always faithful, and that His timing is perfect. And as surely as the sun rises each morning, He turned to me and heard my prayers.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit of despair; the dank mud of fear and the mire of my circumstances slid off of me as His hands raised me up. He set my feet on the rock that is Jesus, and there is no firmer place I could stand.
In the light of His Son and with such a firm foothold, I was full of praise for Him. My testimony to His love came as naturally as breathing. I didn’t have to plan it or sweat over it – it just poured out of me. I stopped worrying about what others might think and focused on what I know: that God loves me so much He gave His Son to die for my sake. So, with gentleness and love, I told others how God had lifted my anxiety and the kind of peace that now guards my heart. God will use my testimony to open eyes so that many will see Him with the awesome respect He deserves, and come to trust their lives to Him.
It’s no use to look to those who think they’re powerful, who worship themselves, or money, or status, or any other earthly thing. They think they’ve got it all together – until it all falls apart and they discover how helpless they really are.
The only One we can absolutely trust is the Lord, who created every good thing and sustains it by His hand. O Lord, You have done countless wonders, and You have wonderful plans for those who trust in You. Nothing and no one can even begin to compare with You.
You have opened my ears to hear your voice and to live in intimate relationship with You, instead or relying on rituals or trying to earn my salvation. I hear Your voice in Your Word, in my times alone with You, and in my heart through Your own Holy Spirit. You have called me to come to You and discover Your plan for me. I come gladly. I want above all to do Your will and to put on the robe of Jesus’ righteousness which He has so graciously offered me.
And so I testify to Your amazing salvation to all who will listen. I don’t let self-consciousness or fear seal my lips, withholding the truth of who You are and what You have done for me. I don’t hide Your righteousness, keeping it locked inside where no one can see it. I don’t conceal Your love and faithfulness as if they were something to be ashamed of. No, I speak freely about all the ways You bless and help me.
Even now I’m surrounded by troubles, and so aware of my need of Your mercy and protection. When I think of all my sins, I’m overwhelmed and my heart sinks. Please come quickly, Lord, and lift me again. Protect me from Satan, who keeps reminding me of my past mistakes and failures, who wants me to be mired all over again. Help me to fill my thoughts with everything true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable – to fill up with You.
May Satan and those he deceives be put to shame and confusion. But I, and all who seek You afresh each day, will rejoice in You and testify to Your great love.
Lord, I am poor in strength and needy for Your presence and guiding hand. I know that I am always in Your thoughts, for You are my perfect Father. You are my help in every situation, and by Your wisdom You deliver me in that way that best grows and matures me and advances Your kingdom. You will meet all my needs in Christ Jesus. Teach me to be content in that knowledge.
You are my God. May I know Your presence with me in this very moment.