Meditations on the Psalms #85

Day 85

Psalm 40 part 2 

Hebrews10:5-10 quotes the Septuagint (Greek) translation of Ps.40:6-8 and says it comes from Jesus! This is a wonderful and remarkable prophecy of His work. It shows God’s ultimate dissatisfaction in animal sacrifices, looking forward to a Perfect Sacrifice.   

 V7 expresses the Messiah as the great theme of the OT.  In a far lesser sense, David could say this of himself, because his ascension to the throne of Israel was prophesied long before it took place. Yet any fulfilment in David is a pale shadow to its amazing and perfect fulfilment in Jesus.  V8 displays the dedication of the Messiah to the will of God. It shows the Messiah’s love for and obedience to the Word of God. 

It is remarkable, that all the offerings and sacrifices which were considered to be of an atoning or cleansing nature, offered under the ceremonial law, are here enumerated by the psalmist, confirming that none of them, nor all of them, could take away sin; and that the grand sacrifice of Christ alone could do it. Paul calls them shadows Col 3:14-16. 

Again, when David said ‘I delight to do your will, O my God,’ in a lesser sense this was true of David, the man after God’s heart. Yet any fulfilment of this in David is a pale shadow to its amazing and perfect fulfilment in David’s greater Son, Jesus the Messiah. (John 4:34.) 

David said v9 to assure God (and himself) that he had glorified God among His people. This was part of the new song v3 and praise that came from his deliverance. David would not restrain his lips in offering this praise. How truer is this verse of Jesus who was the prince of open-air preachers and the great itinerant who proclaimed the gospel and trained His follower to do the same? 

It is also true of Jesus in eternity come (Rev.4 & 5.)  Of Jesus it is true, in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You quoted in Heb.2:12 c.f. Ps.22:22. It’s a remarkable thing to think of Jesus leading the assembly of God’s people in praise to God the Father. 

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