It appears that Psalm 40 could originally have been written as two separate Psalms or certainly in two distinct sections. The first section covers verses 1 to 10 and the second verses 11 to 17.

The first section is a perfect illustration to our salvation experience. Caught in a pit unable to get out is bad enough! However when the bottom is sinking sand (miry clay) the situation is completely helpless and hopeless.

That, in the spiritual sense, was our predicament before we were saved. There was absolutely nothing we could or can do to save ourselves. It needed the mighty hand of Jesus to rescue us.

More than rescue us, He then placed our feet on a firm foundation (rock) and has given us a purpose to live for. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord”

Our life song has changed and is new! Because of our testimony of God’s goodness, many will come to trust in Him also.

From verse 11 the Psalmist (David) is in trouble again. This reminds me of the many pitfalls that we all have in this life. Jesus warned us of this when He said “In the world you shall have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Remember like David did – that God thinks about you and that He is your help and deliverer. Wait patiently for Him and call upon Him in a time of trouble.


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