Psalm 40 (My Help and My Deliverer)

Psalm 40:17 You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.

In Psalm 40, David ends the Psalm with confident hope in God.  He declares that “You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God (v.17)”   For a time though he was not so sure, that God would come through and deliver the help he needed.  Verses 11 and 12 show this clearly:

11        Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD;

                        may your love and faithfulness always protect me.

12        For troubles without number surround me;

                        my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.

            They are more than the hairs of my head,

                        and my heart fails within me.

He’s hoping, but not sure if God would withhold His mercy from him.  You see, he is bombarded with “troubles without number” from the outside and with sins that seek to overtake him from within.  And the result is loss of vision.  Not literally, of course, but spiritual vision. He cannot see God.  His troubles and his sins cover his sight of God.  And once spiritual vision goes, his heart fails him.  Another translation says “my courage leaves me.” 

We think of David as a man of courage, but he says, as he loses sight of God, that he is discouraged and filled with fear.  Have the troubles you are facing now, or the sins you are struggling with now, caused you to lose sight of God, or caused your heart to fail and be filled with fear?  

David says of his troubles and his sins, “they are more than the hairs on my head.”   He may have felt this way, but this hyperbole, for I doubt David knew the number of hairs on his head. But this reminds me of someone who does know this about me.  In Luke 12, Jesus says…

Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Christ says to us, “Don’t be afraid. Don’t lose courage. Don’t let your heart fail you or fill you with fear. I know you and I haven’t forgotten you. I will not delay.  I will deliver. I will be your help. For I am your God!”

Ask the Holy Spirit to let you see beyond your troubles and your sins, so that you can see Christ, and His mercy that He does not withhold from you.  Rather, his love and faithfulness will protect and provide for you today and in the days to come.

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