Posted: March 16,2008
Let us continue our study of Psalm 40 of which I
have brought to our attention this theme, When He Reached Down His
Hand For Me. In our last study we looked at the Patient
Waiting For His Hand.
We turn our attention this week to the
study of verses 4-5 which says, Blessed is
that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud,
nor such as turn aside to lies. 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. I have
called this section The Position Of Wonder In His Hand.
We are told in verse 4 that this
position in one of blessing. A literal translation may read, Oh,
the happiness of the man. This blessing of God is not a giddy,
laughing happiness that often the religion of the world projects. It is
not a soupy and syrupy happiness. It is not that worn out thought of It
is fun to be a Christian. The word blessing in the
original means to go forward because one is straight, level, balanced,
honest and above board. It is the word Asher, one of the
twelve tribes of Israel, whom the Bible said was blessed in deed. When
we use Asher and bless together we are literally saying bless is indeed
blessed. The blessed position is a fortunate and to be envied place.
It is a joy of happiness deep within the recesses of the heart when all
around your soul is giving way. It is my position in Christ that is
mine by spiritual birthright as a joint heir with Christ.
We are told in verse 4 that the blessed
position hinges on two movements. One of the movements is for us to trust
in the Lord. David says that in order to find true happiness one must
make the Lord his trust. The word trust is a word that aligns
close to the word faith. It has the idea of relying upon or to rest all
the being upon the Lord. It is translated to hide in, or find a refuge
in the Lord. I notice the word LORD is in all capital letters
in the King James Bible. It is the word Jehovah or the one who
identifies Himself to Moses as I Am. He is the God of
self-sufficiency or the God of the Covenant and the Promise Keeper. If
He says it you can take it to the bank. In order to approach Him in
faith you must believe that He Is. He is the becoming God. What does
He become? It depends wholly upon what you need.
The second movement of the blessed man
is not only to trust but also to turn away from proud liars.
(Vs.4) David says have no respect for the proud or those who turn to
lies. The word respecteth means to turn the face toward. David
says dont give attention to the proud (Those who act to be
above or disrespectful to others) David says dont give attention to
those who lie. (To be miserly or stingy with what you have)
Trust, pride, and lies cannot live side by side in the heart of the
truly blessed man.
In verse 5 David begins to recount his
blessings. He refers to the Lord as my God. Oh, what an
announcement of personal possession. David begins to remember the works
God has done for him. There are no sweeter thoughts to muse upon than
that work God has done toward us, His work of justification,
sanctification, adoption, and glorification. David says his thoughts
toward him are beyond number. David says I cannot put them in any order.
There is no rhyme or reason to Gods dealings with me. When I declare
my blessings to others or to try to count them they are beyond my human
calculations. Muse on them, dear reader: no sweeter subject ever
occupied your mind. Gods thoughts of you are many, let not yours be few
in return. (Spurgeon) The Lord said through Jeremiah, For I
know the thoughts that I think toward you saith the Lord. Thoughts of
peace and not evil, to give you an expected end. David said, No
good things will He withhold from them who walk uprightly. If we
have prayed and it is not sent let us rest in the God who only thinks
about sending us what is good for us. The songwriter said, Count
your blessings, name them one by one, and then you will see what the
Lord hath done. No greater position than the wonder of being in His
hand of blessing.