Psalm 40:1-17
Hebrews 10:5-9


“… he hath made him
to be sin for us …”



David’s description of the ordeal that he went through as “an horrible pit” and “the miry clay” brings to mind one who is caught in a quagmire. Now, we know that one fallen into such a situation is totally helpless. Patience and more patience is needed until outside help comes. That outside help, to David, is God. In response to his cry to God his only Help, he is pulled out of the quicksand to stand on a rock. A similar situation is described by Isaiah of Judah’s predicament in the face of an Assyrian invasion. Isaiah says, “For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still” (Isa 30:7). Their deliverance is from God. What a lesson to us today who are caught in such a treacherous situation. Let go, and let God!

David is careful not to forget God in sacrifice as an expression of thanksgiving. As Samuel has taught that obedience is better than sacrifice, David here offers up his ears and his heart to do God’s will, yea, to treasure God’s law in his innermost being. Hebrews 10:5-9 quotes David’s holy desire to serve the Lord as applicable to our Lord’s desire to do His Father’s will, yea, even to the extent of presenting His body a sacrifice, without which all the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament would be useless. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor 5:21).

David goes beyond testifying of God’s deliverance. Now he declares he must preach it “in the great congregation” (Ps 40:9), yea, even to all of God’s people. He is ever more grateful because he realises his unworthiness in the light of his multiple sins. Are we any better than David? What have we done to show our gratitude to God?

THOUGHT: When was the last time I showed God my gratitude?
PRAYER: Lord, make me ever grateful by presenting my body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Thee.