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June 25, 2017


TEXT: Psalm 40: 1-10 (Esp. v v 1-5)
READING:  James 5: 1-20

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SUBJ: Seeing the suffering of the Lord in obtaining salvation for His own in such a way as to both identify with the manner of His substitution for us and a pattern for us as we endure the things of this world.

AIM: That we may be taught to properly wait on the Lord and that we may do so with a new song in my mouth even as does our Lord: The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

INTR: It is one of the sweet mysteries of the Scripture that our Lord speaks through the experience of His inspired writers and this He did here through David.
1. Many will contend that the earlier words of this Psalm have no connection to David other than as the writer and well it may be that he wrote sensing this truth concerning our Lord.
2. What we would see, in any event, is that this is the representation to us of the man Christ Jesus suffering in the stead of His people and exhibiting a God-honoring reaction to the appointed suffering.
3. We have often referenced the need to pray the scriptures and here David goes from precious and astute observations to prayer himself in the latter half of the Psalm.

THESIS: We would ever be aware that those things suffered in our stead proceed from the nature and character given us in Christ our Lord and prompt us to the same kind of waiting, praise and obedience found in Him.

I. The result of waiting (vv. 1-3)
1. In applying these things to the Lord we might find it difficult to conceived of Him thinking in this way, but:
1) Again, we would be reminded that He did so as if it were us doing what was required of us
2) And, that we would behave in a similar manner as we are
3) Transported to the scenes preceding the cross and the suffering itself and so
4) We compare: Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Hebrews 5:7.
2. Verse 2 provides us with a graphic look at the place and nature of His suffering and so compares the previous and following estate:
1) The horrible pit and the miry clay describes that from which we could not self-deliver and
2) The rock is that which is the success of the redemptive work of Christ and upon which we are anchored (See Matthew 7:24)
3) The glory of Christ, the purposed of God and the way of those following Him are thus settled and so we confidently go.
3. Two precious outcomes:
1) A new song – the expression of the heart being witnessed by the mouth in testifying of the wonders of His grace and mercy and so declaring in every way: “Worthy is the Lamb” and see also: Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Ephesians 5:19.
2) An observable effect in the lives of those so affected to the point that many would see, fear and come to trust the Lord.

II. The provisions of Grace in Christ (vv. 4-5)
1. Some of easiest words to say and most difficult to perform are: “all you have to do is…”
1) These are born of misplaced confidence in human ability
2) And produce false hope and unacceptable worship
2. “Blessed” equals “Happy,” and is discovered in trusting the Lord. This trust is realized in the outworking of the New Song of the redeemed.
1) This ability is given by Grace, merited by the blood, and exercised as the focus in intensified on the Lord.
2) By contrast the proud are identified and rejected
3) And the truth is held sacred as opposed to the lies of men!
4) Compare Psalm 1:1-3.
3. In verse 5 there is revealed a newfound talent in believers: We are given the ability to properly assess the works of the Lord:
1) All are together beheld as wonderful
2) They include the thoughts of the Lord to us and so look to all eternity and the purpose of God in sending His Son into the world.
3) John said the world could not contain the books that could be written of Him and we certainly can neither adequately tell nor contemplate the vast wealth of all that is true of Him – but the implication is that we try even realizing that they are more than can be numbered.

III. The testimony of Christ of which we sing (vv. 6-10)
1. What was not desired (v. 6)
2. What is declared in the book – Christ (v. 7)
3. What His determination was – to do thy will in a perfect life and a perfect sacrifice (v. 8)
4. What He has done – preached righteousness to us and through us (v. 9)
5. What He has freely given – faithfulness and salvation – lovingkindness and thy truth to the great congregation who are the redeemed of the Lord – we who are blessed indeed. (v. 10)
6. And then he prays (v. 11)