Praise the Lord | Psalm 40: 6-12
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened—
burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”
I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know.
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
from the great assembly.
Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
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The Psalms are poetry of praise and dependency, a tuneful and heartfelt expression of faith. Let me show you this in Psalm 40.
This is Episode Two of Pray in May Devotions with Russ Smidt, Director of Training.
Psalm 40 is a song about trouble and rescue. The verses, they’re in a muddy minor key, but the chorus that keeps coming back is in a moving major key.
It’s an invitation to sing along to make the song our song.
“I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly. I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know.”
I listen to more music than I sing, and I try to listen more than I speak, but, but this song has got me thinking. Am I quick to speak about God’s salvation to me in Jesus is this salvation story? A song that I can’t get out of my head that’s always on my lips.
Lord, I praise you today for your rescue of me and Jesus. Use my mouth to speak and sing of you. Amen.