Psalm 40

Psalm 40  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 8
The opening verses give us the Lord’s anticipation of His resurrection or deliverance; He afterward rehearses His self-dedication, His ministry, His sorrows, and His cry. He tells us that He patiently waited for resurrection. He might, we know, have asserted His divine power; but He waited till He was raised “by the blood of the everlasting covenant” (Heb. 13). Thus was He, as He says in this Psalm, the poor and needy one—the one who depended on God for everything—the one who waited patiently in exercise of faith.
As in other Psalms, He confesses the sins which He had taken on Him. For such confession both vindicates God, and is a gracious adoption of that which had been laid upon Him, that we may have strong consolation in knowing the reality of the imputation of our sins to His account; as the high priest, under the law, confessed Israel’s sins on the head of the scape-goat.
The unnumbered multitude of God’s thoughts (see also Psa. 139) beautifully expresses the diligence and delight of God over Christ and His redeemed, as though this object were all His concern, and the center of all His counsels. Would that we knew how to enjoy this truth as we should! (See Psalm 70 in connection with the closing verses of this.)