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40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
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.
40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
40:5 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.
40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
40:13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
40:14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
40:15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.
40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
40:17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 40

Confidence for deliverance. (1-5) Christ's work of Redemption.
(6-10) Prayer for Mercy and Grace. (11-17)

1-5 Doubts and fears about the eternal state, are a horrible
Pit and miry Clay, and have been So to many a dear Child of God.
There is power enough in God to help the weakest, and Grace
enough to help the unworthiest of all that trust in him. The
psalmist waited patiently; he continued believing, hoping, and
praying. This is applicable to Christ. His Agony, in the garden
and On the Cross, was a horrible Pit and miry Clay. But those
that wait patiently for God do not wait in vain. Those that have
been under religious melancholy, and By the Grace of God have
been relieved, may apply ver. 2 very feelingly to themselves;
they are brought up out of a horrible Pit. Christ is the Rock On
which a Poor soul can alone stand Fast. Where God has given
stedfast Hope, he expects there should be a steady, regular walk
and conduct. God filled the psalmist with joy, as Well as peace
in believing. Multitudes, By Faith beholding the sufferings and
Glory of Christ, have learned to fear the Justice and trust in
the Mercy of God through Him. Many are the benefits with which
we are daily loaded, both By the Providence and By the Grace of

6-10 The psalmist foretells that work of wonder, Redemption By
our Lord Jesus Christ. The Substance must come, which is Christ,
who must bring that Glory to God, and that Grace to Man, which
it was impossible the sacrifices should ever do. Observe the
setting apart of our Lord Jesus to the work and office of
Mediator. In the volume, or Roll, of the Book it was written of
him. In the close rolls of the Divine decrees and counsel, the
Covenant of Redemption was recorded. Also, in all the volumes of
the Old Testament something was written of him, Joh 19:28. Now
the purchase of our Salvation is made, the proclamation is sent
forth, Calling us to come and accept it. It was preached freely
and openly. Whoever undertook to preach the Gospel of Christ,
would be under great Temptation to conceal it; but Christ, and
those he calls to that work, are carried On in it. May we
believe his Testimony, trust his promise, and submit to his

11-17 The best saints see themselves undone, unless continually
preserved By the Grace of God. But see the frightful view the
psalmist had of Sin. This made the discovery of a Redeemer So
welcome. In all his reflections upon each step of his Life, he
discovered something amiss. The sight and sense of our sins in
their own colours, must distract us, if we have not at the same
time some sight of a Saviour. If Christ has triumphed over our
spiritual enemies, then we, through him, shall be more than
conquerors. This may encourage all that seek God and Love his
Salvation, to rejoice in him, and to praise him. No griefs nor
poverty can render those miserable who fear the Lord. Their God,
and all that he has or does, is the ground of their joy. The
Prayer of Faith can unlock his Fulness, which is adapted to all
their wants. The promises are sure, the moment of fulfilment
hastens forward. He who once came in great Humility, shall come
again in glorious majesty.

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