We cover quite a number of topics in this involved Psalm. We discuss its background, why certain imprecatory verses are omitted in the Breviary, and how to view those imprecatory verses and psalms. We examine possible contexts and how new and alive God's presence was to David and should be to us. We examine evangelization through our example in difficulties and how this is a reason for embracing trials with joy. We point out the important differences between the Masoretic Text and Septuagint in this psalm and its messianic nature. We digress into the account of Saul and the Amalekites and the subject of loving obedience being more important than sacrifice. We spend considerable time looking at the reference to this psalm in Hebrews 10 and its relationship to the New Covenant. We touch on sharing our faith but also doing so discretely. We look at examples of how sin can blind us and conclude with the importance of seeing our neediness before God can do great things in us.
Tags: Psalms, Psalm 40, Psalm 40:2-14, 17-18, David, Saul, Samuel, Amalekites, Obedience, Sacrifice, Imprecations, Imprecatory Psalms, Thomas Aquinas, Evangelization, Trials, Water Ordeal, Mesopotamian Water Ordeal, New Song, Living God, Messianic, New Covenant, Old Covenant, Loving Obedience, Sacrifices, Hebrews, Sin, Blind, Veronica, Berenice, Humility, Magnificat