Posted: April 6,2008
We have looked at this Psalm from several angles
using as our theme “When He Reached Down His Hand For Me”. This
is a Psalm that depicts Christ’ dealings with our sins on the cross.
Let us turn our attention this week to a final study of Psalm 40 and
verses 11-17. I will not quote the verses, but have your Bible open as
we study together.
I find in this text it s a ‘Prayer’
from the cross. I have called this section the ‘Prayer Of
Withholding Not His Hand’.
In verse 11 of this prayer we are
confronted with a ‘Confession Of The Father To The Son’. While
on the cross standing in my place the Lord had withheld from Him the
following: tender mercies, loving kindness, and truth.
All of these that were withheld from Him while on the cross are now mine
because of His work on the cross. The ‘tender mercies’ is the
compassion and deep sure love, like the womb’s cherishing of the
future. The word ‘loving kindness’ means to bow only the neck to
an equal. In Christ we are as holy and close to God as Christ is.
In verses 12-13 we have the ‘Confession
Of The Saviour To The Sinner’. When Christ was on the cross He
became sin for me. He who knew no sin became sin for me. Our precious
Saviour said that His heart failed Him. He said in verse 12 “…mine
iniquities have taken hold upon me,” Our Lord knew no sin but He
says here ‘my sins’. The song writer said “He took my sins
and my sorrows, He made them His very Own; He bore my burden to Calvary
and suffered and died alone.” Our Lord says the sins are in number
even more than the hairs on my head. James said if we break one of the
commandments we have broken all ten. Every time we sin God multiplies
it by 10. My what a debt we had that we could not pay but ‘Jesus
paid it all, all to Him I owe’.
Jesus cries to be delivered in verse 13
from the state of being made sin for me. He cries for a hasty
deliverance. It should be for us if we have the least of sin that we
cry, Lord make haste and deliver me from this sin.
In verses 14-15 we have the ‘Confidence
By The Son Over His Enemies’. Our Lord taught there that will be a
reward to them that have wished Him evil, sought to destroy Him, or said
Aha, Aha in laughter because of His sorrow and pain. That same reward
will be given those who do the same to His people. Our Lord says with
confidence that they will be rewarded with being ‘ashamed’, ‘confounded’,
‘driven backward’ and ‘left desolate’.
In these phrases we find our Lord
brings His enemies into a place of being stunned and numb with the blush
of loosing and they retreat into a world of being forever lost. Let all
the world stand against us if they please but they will forever regret
it. They are not standing against us but they stand against God alone.
Let us be assured our God will have the last Aha, Aha!
In verses 16-17 we have the ‘Comfort
From The Sacrifice To The Seeker’. Let our hearts be continually in
a state of seeking and panting after Him. Let our desire be to
continually let the Lord be ‘magnified’. Lord use me to make
that which is afar off to be telescoped in close that you can be seen
clearly through me. I am truly as verse 17 says, ‘Poor and needy’.
There is no greater adjective to describe me but just read on, “…yet
the Lord thinketh upon me:” He thinks frequently, fully aware of my
every need and having power of care to meet my every need. I bless the
day the Lord reached down His Hand (Christ) to me. Can we imagine these
were His words on the cross? May our prayer be “Lord Jesus grant
that in all our adversities we may possess like precious faith and be
found like thee, more than conquerors.” (Spurgeon)