Read Psalm 40: 6-11
God acts, and the psalmist moves from exaltation to action. His happiness has given him insight and energy to become a witness for God to all he meets. Look at the words the psalmist uses to describe his experience of God’s support: deliverance, saving help, faithfulness, and salvation. These words provide a sharp contrast with ideas about things and experiences that supposedly bring us happiness. The contrast gives us clues to the true nature of joy.
For example, the world tells us we earn our pleasures in the same way that some construed their burnt offerings and animal sacrifices as a way to gain favor with God. The psalmist affirms that he has made no sacrifice or offering; instead, God’s law resides within his heart.
The world’s pleasures can leave us uncomfortably stupefied or aching with emptiness. We may eat too much food, drink too many intoxicating beverages, or spend beyond our means. Even when we think we have it all, we may view our supposed sources of happiness with discouragement or despair.
The psalmist has discovered that friendship with God brings the kind of wholesome, fulfilling life that the Creator intends for us all. His joy at this insight fuels the psalmist’s motivation to share his experience of God with others. The psalmist eagerly tells “the great congregation” how his relationship with God has changed his life for the better. He tells us that the joyful experience of God’s saving mercy and grace isn’t something we can keep to ourselves. With unrestrained lips, we tell others “the glad news of deliverance”: God’s steadfast love, faithfulness, and mercy will keep us safe forever.
Day by day, O God, may I tell those around me of my delight in living close to you. Amen.
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