Psalms 40:3-5



The Bible says in Psalms 40:3, “And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”


The first two verses of Psalms chapter 40 tell us some of the great results of waiting on the Lord. If you wait on the Lord you will see answers to prayer.  If you wait on the Lord, He will in His grace carry you through the trials and the temptations of this Life. And if you wait on the Lord you will become more and more what you can be as a person because you will become stronger in your foundation upon the Rock called Jesus Christ.


Verse 3 tells us two more great results of waiting on the Lord. First, verse 3 tells us one of the greatest results of learning to wait upon the Lord is the great joy that you will find in Christ. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:16, “Rejoice evermore.” And verse 18 says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” True joy, spiritual joy, will always express itself by glorifying the name of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. We should thank God for both the good and the bad because Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose


Psalms 40:3 says, “And He hath put a new song in my mouth.” It is the amazing power and infinite wisdom of God; that everything God touches with the hands, of His holiness and love, becomes new and glorious. Jesus said in Revelation 21:5 concerning the future of the fate of this world: “Behold I make all things new.” And Jesus also said in II Corinthians 5:17, “therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” And Jesus also said in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly  Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. He died for your sins and He died for mine. When you trust in Christ, you will become cleansed from the vileness of your sins and you will become a new creature; a child of God. And you will also be given a new song. You will be given the song of thanksgiving and praise to God for what Christ has done for you. If we humans would only learn to be more thankful for what Christ did on the cross, we would be very surprised to find just how much more we would enjoy this life, and just how much more we would be satisfied with the things that we have; instead of desiring more. If you have Christ, then you have all you need and more.


Psalms 40 verses 1-2 gives us three reasons why there can be a new song in our mouths. First, because; God hears our cry (our prayers). Secondly, because God (through the power of the blood of Jesus) will bring us out of the pit of our sins and depraved human nature. And thirdly because God, by means of His Word, will strengthen our faith in the great Rock called Jesus Christ. Just as I Peter 2:3 says, “If so be that ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious,” then you will realize the importance of waiting on the Lord. The Bible says in Isaiah 43:2, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee


The last half of Psalms 40:3 tells us another great result of waiting on the Lord, “Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” When you wait on the Lord, then God, Jehovah-Jirah, will provide you with the spiritual song of praise and thanksgiving. Jesus said in Matthew 5:14 that all we who believe in His name are the light of the world. One of the best ways to glorify God and one of the best ways to shimmer like the glory of the stars, and give light to the lost souls of this world; that are chained in the darkness of the lies of the devil, is to; praise the Lord and to bless His Name. The Lost people of the world do not know how to be thankful. They are selfish, prideful and filled with greed and lust. The attractions of the world fill their eyes and hearts and they cannot see the glory of the Holiness of God, nor the abundant life that ceaselessly flows from the spear-pierced side of Christ.


Ephesians 2:2-7 says, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus


If you look back to your past, you will find that before Christ saved you, you were the same as the lost people of the world. You were blind, crippled, selfish, and incapable of truly loving or being thankful. But God in is great and abundant mercy sent His Son to suffer and become your very sins, and then to die all alone; separated from the presence of God on the cross of Calvary.  The grace of God saturates this world in which we live. It is more abundant than the air that we breathe.  Are you a child of God? Then you should be thankful; because Ephesians 2:7 says, “in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” The blessings of God and the love of God, is; so much more than we will ever realize in this life. And the rewards of serving Christ go beyond your wildest dreams. Hebrews 13:15 says, “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name


Let the Spirit of God fill your soul with the spiritual oil of His glory. And let the Word of God light the candle of your soul so that you may be thankful and so that you may burn as the brightness of the firmament and be a bold witness of Jesus Christ and His glorious and precious Gospel to the lost and condemned souls of this world.


The Bible goes on to say in Psalms 40:4-5, “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 has 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


There are only two kinds of people in this life, those that seek to please the Lord and those that seek to please the world. But of the two kinds of people, there is only one that is blessed. If you want to be blessed then you must first trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you must learn to daily trust in the promises of God. Blessed, means happy. Concerning a blessed man the Bible says in Psalms chapter 1:1-3, “Blessed is the man that walked not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” And Jesus said in Mathew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven


 Who are the proud? The proud are those who have not repented of their sins and trusted in Christ because Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.” The proud are also those who trust in their riches, fame, power and physical abilities; without recognizing that it is only by the grace of God that man has anything. And who are those that turn aside to lies? Anyone who does not believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God: His life, death, and resurrection on the 3rd day. That is someone who has turned aside to lies. A person who does not trust in God will trust in the lies and legalistic teachings of the world. And the end result of these kind of people is given in Psalms 1:4-6, “The ungodly are not so; but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish


Psalms 40:5 says, “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.” Verse 5 tells us about two things: the works of God and the words of God. When we think of the works of God we often think of His creation, this universe in which we live. We know of the physical works of God because the Bible says in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” When God finished His creation He said that it was good. There is a lot that can be learned about God and about our relationship with God through the study of this world, which He created. But there is also a spiritual work of God. It is the building of the Kingdom of God. Jesus said in The Gospel of Mark 4:30-32, “Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it


Every human being in this world, that has physical sight, sees the physical works of God everyday. And some by the grace of God will understand the spiritual symbolism behind these works. But even more importantly; with the eyes of faith, you should seek to see the spiritual works of God; that God is building in your life and in the lives around you. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then you should seek to acquire the wisdom of the Spirit to understand the Spiritual work of God. Then you will have the opportunity to be partaker in His eternal work and to share in the great rewards; that are found in Christ alone. Jesus said in II Corinthians 11:15, “Therefore it is no great thing if His ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works  Salvation is by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. But the rewards of eternity are based upon how much we help accomplish the work of God.


Verse 5 also tells us about the Words of God. The Words of God are found in two forms: the spoken Word and the written Word. The Bible says in Genesis 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” The Works of God and the Word of God are very closely connected. In fact, you cannot have one without the other. Just as the physical world, in which we lived, this physical work of God was done through His spoken Word. The spiritual work of God is done through God’s written Word, the Holy Bible. The Spirit of God spoke to Holy men of God, and they wrote on pen and paper the exact words that God gave them. II Peter 1:21 says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The work of God and the Word of God go hand in hand. Romans 10:17 says; “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” The Work of God is to convict sinners to repent of their sins and trust in Christ. And the work of God is also to build up the faith of believers, so that they can walk closer to God moment by moment of each day.


Psalms 40:5 says that the work and the works of God cannot be reckoned up in order and they cannot be numbered.  Psalm 92:5, “O Lord, how great are Thy works! And Thy thoughts are very deep.” Jesus said in Matthew 9:37, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.” There is always more work to be done for God. There is always a sermon that could be preached. There will always be someone that needs to hear the Gospel. There will always be someone to pray for.  The Bible is God’s thoughts. It reveals to us how to walk by faith in a close and personal way with God. And The Bible also reveals to us how to participate in God’s work. If you could take this vast and unendless universe and fill it with the thoughts and Words of God, it would overflow like a cup that runneth over. Colossians 1:10 says increasing in the knowledge of God. There is always more to learn about the Word of God and about the works of God. If you think you already have all the answers, then you probably do not have any of them.


What is the connection between verse 5, which talks about the works and the Word of God, and the previous verse of Psalms chapter 40; which talks about waiting on the Lord and praising the Lord? It is very simple. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says; ”He hat made everything beautiful in His time.” The more you learn to wait on God and the more you learn to praise God, the more you will understand and enjoy the work and the Words of God. And the more you will see just how it is that God makes all thinks beautiful in His time.


Of course the greatest and most important truth to understand about the work and Words of God is just what the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”



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