Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 40 – 41

Psalm 40

If we patiently continue in living by every Word of God, God will hear our prayers and he will deliver us out of the pit of the grave

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit [God will resurrect his chosen faithful from the grave], out of the miry clay [the grave], and set my feet upon a rock [the Rock of Salvation, Jesus Christ], and established my goings.

Those who are resurrected will sing the praises of their Deliverer, and those who see the resurrection at the coming of Christ will begin to fear and glorify God and repent to live by every Word of God

40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

The person who lives by every Word of God shall be blessed, for they will be delivered from the grave to eternal life

40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud [do not respect impressive men more than God], nor such as turn aside to lies.

40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

The mercies and awesome deeds of our Mighty God to deliver his people, are beyond counting by men

40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

God desires faithful obedience to his Word, more than sacrifices  

A prayer of David as a prophecy of “That Prophet,” Jesus Christ 

40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [the scriptures prophesied of Christ]  it is written of me,  40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God [God the Father]: yea, thy law is within my heart [having the Holy Spirit of God].  40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips [from teaching the Word of God], O LORD, thou knowest.  40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness [Jesus taught God’s Word] within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

In his work in the flesh Jesus Christ declared the righteousness and holiness of God the Father and commanded us to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).

40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth [God’s Word is truth]  continually preserve me.  40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities [David speaks of his sins as an allegory that Jesus Christ would bear the sins of the whole world] have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

David was inspired to speak as if he were Christ, asking the Father to confound all those who had conspired to take his life and raise him from the grave

40:13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.  40:14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.  40:15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

All those who sincerely repent, seek to live by every Word of God and accept the sacrifice of Christ will rejoice in the resurrection to eternal life

40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

The LORD thinks upon those who are poor in the spirit of stubborn self-will and pride, and are submissive and humble knowing how much they need him.


Psalm 41

God is compassionate and will deliver all those who are merciful and compassionate to the physically poor and who feed the spiritually poor with the Word of God 

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him [the compassionate who also live by every Word of God] in time of trouble.

41:2 The LORD will preserve him [God will preserve the merciful because they are merciful and God is merciful], and keep him alive [with the gift of eternal life]; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. 

Those who live by God’s Word, which is love of God and love of others; will not be given over to destruction like the wicked.

41:3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou [God will deliver those who live by his Word from the ultimate sickness which is sin and death] wilt make all his bed in his sickness

God will save the repentant from the sickness of sin

In his compassionate mercy God will heal the sins of all repentant sinners who choose to live by every Word of God

41:4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

The wicked rejoice in the death of the righteous who live by God’s Word, not understanding that they shall be raised up and given the gift of eternal life and will rule over those who have despised them

41:5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?

If the wicked who refuse to live by every Word of God visit the righteous, it is only to try to tempt or to deceive the godly and bring them harm

41:6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.  41:7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

The wicked rejoice at every calamity of the righteous, not understanding that God has allowed trials for our own good to mould us into the people that the Master Potter wants us to be

41:8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

Even if our dearest friend or family member turns against us for our love of God to live by God’s every Word; our Mighty One will deliver us, raising us up from death and the grave so that we may be forever with him

41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. 41:10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

41:11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy [Satan, sin and death] doth not triumph over me.

When we rise up from death and the grave we will KNOW that we have pleased God through diligently loving him and living by his every Word; and the wicked will also know that God has loved those who love him and are faithful to live by every Word of God

41:12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity [the integrity of diligently living by every Word of God], and settest me before thy face for ever.

41:13Blessed be the LORD God of Israel [spiritually every faithful person is the Israel of God] from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.

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