Verse 1 – I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.
Verse 2 – He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.
Verse 3 – He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.
I can’t teach what I have not been taught. I know positively what David is talking about and so do some of you. We can be in the most hopeless place in our lives and see that there is no way out, but God… Our God can literally pick us up out of the lowest place in our lives and set us down on a solid rock. That sure foundation is Jesus Christ. All His ways are sure and perfect. The guidance we receive, is the right way to go. Sometimes, I vision the Lords hands on top of my feet picking them up and placing them in the direction I’m to go. We have never made too many mistakes that the Lord can’t fix. His ways are far beyond what we can even imagine. That is why we are to “wait” on Him and in due season He will exalt you.
Verse 4 – Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Verse 5 – Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works. Which You have done; and Your thoughts which are toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
The world could not contain all the wonderful things that God has done or will do. David is thinking about all the things that God has done in his life and says he couldn’t repeat them all back to God. We have no idea exactly how many ferocious battles David was in, but God saved him from death in every single one. How many times has God snatched you out of immediate danger? Too many to count?
Verse 6 – Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; my ears You have opened; burnt offerings and sin offerings You did not require.
So what is David really saying in this verse? Why do we do things that we know are pleasing to the Lord, like going to church and tithing? All of it is useless unless done with the right attitude towards God. We can make a religious ritual out of anything. When we have a clear understanding of the love God has for us, it will cause us to be obedient and faithful in the things that please God.
Verse 7 – Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the Book it is written of me.”
Verse 8 – “I delight to do Your will O my God, and Your law is within my heart.”
In verse 7, David may have been referring to a record that God keeps of our works here on earth. This is why we do things with the correct attitude: 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 – (13) each one’s work will become manifest; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work of what sort it is. (14) If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. (Verse 15) If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
So you see, God sees every good work that we do for the kingdom and the motives behind them; some we will be rewarded for some will go up in smoke.
Verse 9 – I have proclaimed the good news of the righteous in the great congregation; indeed, I do not retain my lips, O Lord, You Yourself know.
Verse 10 – I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I don’t believe God makes any timid Christians. The more we realize the good things that God has done, the more we should tell others. I believe when we gather we should encourage others with our praises. There’s no way a church gathering, when it’s time to praise God, should be “Quiet.” The angels in heaven certainly aren’t whispering their praise!
Verse 11 – Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; let Your loving-kindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
Verse 12 – For innumerable evils have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head; therefore my heart fails me.
Verse 13 – Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me!
Verse 14 – Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who seek to destroy my life; let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor who wish me evil.
Verse 15 – Let them be appalled because of their sham, who say to me, “Aha, aha!”
So many times in scripture, God turned the enemies that Israel was fighting, on themselves. David had seen this over and over. That’s why God says that the weapons that are formed against His children will not prosper (accomplish what is intended.
Verse 16 – Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”
Verse 17 – But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.