|“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”
Psalm 40 is such a rich passage! The more you stay and linger, the more insight and beauty you behold!
As we treasure v3 together we could summarize this verse as: Great deliverance is a compelling witness. David says that those who hear of how God wrought great deliverance in his life will be moved in 3 ways.
(1) They will see. They will see God’s deliverance. It is evident not only from David’s position, out of the pit, but also from his disposition, a new song in his mouth. It becomes then undeniable that David has been delivered and that it is God who accomplished it!
(2) They will fear. That is, they will be forced to recognize that God exists, that He answers, that He is real, that He is powerful, that He is forgiving, and on and on… For the believers who hear of David’s deliverance, this is a fear of recognizing our hope and trust is horribly misplaced if it is not in God. For the unbelievers who hear of David’s deliverance, this is a fear of realizing the God they wish to denounce and deny is nevertheless there.
(3) They will put their trust in the Lord. The believer will be renewed in clinging to the Lord. The unbeliever will be compelled to turn to the Lord in faith and repentance. God’s deliverance of His people from life’s trials is a great evangelistic testimony to the world. When others see how God cares for His people, it is a great means of their own deliverance from sin, calling them to come to Him by faith. Our testimony of God’s salvation remains one of the best means of sharing with others about our Lord and Savior!
Enjoy treasuring Psalm 40:3
Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor