READ : Psalm 40:1-13
The psalmist begins by listing some of the blessings God had given him because he was willing to wait “patiently for the Lord” (v. 1). God heard his prayers and solved his problem. He describes this deliverance as having been lifted “out of the slimy pit” (v. 2). Not only had he been rescued from a miserable experience, but now God had set his feet “on a rock.”
God also put a new song in David’s mouth (v. 3). David’s hope is that when people see the wonderful way God rescued him, they too will trust in the Lord and sing praises to him also.
David contemplates the wonders God “planned for us” (v. 5). God has a wonderful plan for your life. You will discover it if you will sincerely say to him, “Not my will, but yours be done.” The week after I said that, God made it plain to me that I must give my life to preach the gospel. I have had the joy of preaching for over 50 years. Say with David, “I desire to do your will, O my God” (v. 8), and see what wonderful things he will do for you.
A full commitment will not eliminate all problems. David adds, “troubles without number surround me.” God will be with you always.
Father, I surrender to your good plan for my life. Not my will, but yours be done. In your Son’s name. Amen.