Sunday Devotional: Psalm 40:11-17

“As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
    your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
    ever preserve me!
For evils have encompassed me
    beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart fails me.

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
    O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
Let those be appalled because of their shame
    who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
    say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
As for me, I am poor and needy,
    but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!” (Psalm 40:11-17)

The last couple of Sundays, I’ve looked at the previous 10 verses in Psalm 40.  This week is the remaining verses in the psalm.  Here David is continuing to share about God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.  It is not boring nor is it bothersome for David to repeat over and over this theme.  It is so important to him that he continues to sing this over and over.

David knows that the one who is faithful is the one who is able to deliver from sin and evil.  David knows that the one who is steadfast is the one who rightly deserves to be praised.  The one who it should be said “Great is the Lord!”  God is all that and so much more.

Like David, we struggle.  We endure pain and loss.  We are poor and needy.  But thankfully the Lord takes thought of us like he took thought of David.  Let us rejoice in that.  Let us celebrate that we are not left alone but that He loves us and wants to deliver us.

This week, let us be mindful of this.  And let us continually repeat over and over again in our hearts and minds God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.

Thursday Quote Day: Charles Spurgeon

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from pastor and theologian Charles Spurgeon:

“Remember, our faith is always at its greatest point when we are in the middle of the trial, and confidence in the flesh will never endure testing. Fair-weather faith is not faith at all.” (Charles Spurgeon)