Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Trusting and Waiting 1.19.2014
Today in our congregation, our intern Ryan Kandoll will be bringing the message to us from the 1st letter of Apostle Paul to the Corinthians, which you will be able to listen to on our website in the archives as soon as it is posted for your hearing. In lieu of Ryan doing the preaching today, I will post one of the Scripture readings that we will be using today in our service: Psalm 40.

Let us briefly read through this psalm, listening for the voice of Christ, of the Good Shepherd so that we may be assured, encouraged and strengthened in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a psalm of David, who lived 1000 years before Christ, and since this is a Messianic Psalm, it is hard at times to determine if David is speaking, is the Holy Spirit speaking, is Christ speaking or a combination thereof? It is good to quietly consider these words and their meanings in their prophetical purpose as well as to think and meditate upon their meaning and purpose for our lives today.

So in a spirit of prayer and in quietness before Him, let us begin our time with Him. Please note that it begins in a low crescendo, begins to build up in intensity and intimacy as it progresses and moves to a universal triumphal shout of Great is the Lord and ends with a very personal acknowledgement of need and a full of faith prayer for help.

17 As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

Another way to look at this is that it is like a sandwich psalm. The pieces of bread are the universal need and cry of humanity and in the middle is the meat of the sandwich psalm: Christ and His sacrificial work for the redemption of sinners. This psalm gives us more insight into how the Lord thought while He joyfully endured the cross, despising the shame and is now set at the right hand of God making intercession for you and I.

ESV Psalm 40:1 TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A PSALM OF DAVID. I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
3 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.
4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!

We call upon Him, He hears us and He acts on our behalf so that we are united to Him by faith and in our experience we begin to sing a new song, walk upon the solidness of His Word and as a result others are impacted to the point that they are drawn to Christ. Happiness in this relationship of trust then begins to dominate the lives of those of us who have been turned to the Lord.

Now Christ begins to speak, or is it Christ in us that begins to speak...for now the Psalmist/Christ begins to speak directly to our Lord, for note that he moves from third person in which he said "LORD" to "O LORD." This is significant in this psalm, for it reveals the increasing intimacy that comes between the speaker and the Listener.

5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
6 Sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but you have given me an open ear. 1 Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
7 Then I said, "Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance1 in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, "Aha, Aha!"




16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, "Great is the LORD!"
17 As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

May these words find a place of rest in our restless hearts today as we journey together to that place of eternal rest. May in our struggles we be encouraged by the words of truth that the Lord indeed takes thought for us so that we may say with a full heart of faith: O my God, You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay.........
Psalm 27:13 I believe1 that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

May His grace be with you as you wait upon Him in your time difficulty and trial.

In the grace of Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 19 Jan 2014 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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