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Sermon Overview + Prayer: "A Song of Deliverance"

A SONG OF DELIVERANCE – PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE
Psalm 40

PRAYING THE PASSAGE:

God’s faithfulness to deliver us from trials in the past gives us confidence to praise him through trials in the present.
Deliverance Remembered – Psalm 40:1 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. 
Father, bring to my remembrance the occasion of my conversion, that I might once again pause to thank and praise you for my deliverance from my sin, and my deliverance from your righteous wrath.
Father, remind me of some of the many occasions that you have delivered me through your provision, protection, guidance, power, and peace. Help me to recall my early responses to those trials, in order to reflect on the faith you’ve since put in my heart to trust and praise you. Remind me again and again, that though trials come and go, your steadfast love never ceases.

Deliverance Responded To – 40: 7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: 8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” 
We aren’t delivered to do whatever we want. Nor does God promise deliverance so we can go our own way. He delivers us so we might love him with all our heart and walk in obedience. He’s looking not only for grateful lips, but grateful lives.
Father, show me ways that I might more fruitfully and faithfully demonstrate and declare the power of your deliverance, mercy, and grace. Help me to see any area in my life that in some way blurs or distorts the beauty of your holy deliverance and transforming grace.

Allen Ross - Divine intervention without the response of declarative praise destroys God’s design.
And that’s exactly what happens here on Sunday mornings. We don’t conceal God’s steadfast love and faithfulness from each other so that we might be encouraged and changed.
Lord, as we as a church family go through this week, where and with whom can we share testimonies of your goodness and grace, your steadfast love and mercy – not to boast, but to exalt your faithfulness that you might be praised, and others might be encouraged to trust?

Deliverance Anticipated – 40:11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
Christopher Ash - We praise, not because the present is easy, but because the future is glorious.
We can be certain that in the midst of interminable waits and wanderings, losses and longings, disappointments and delays, God is setting the stage for a ...never-ending celebration around his table at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Where all sin, and pain, and death, and waiting...will be over. 
Lord, show me ways that I might be placing too much of my hope, peace, and joy in the present. Help me to see and believe that because of the gospel, I have been, I am presently, and will be for all eternity, delivered!

OVERVIEW OF SERMON:

God’s faithfulness to deliver us from trials in the past enables us to confidently praise him through trials in the present. In Psalm 40, God promises to abundantly multiply his thoughts and good plans for us. However, God’s good plans may not look like the worldly success that we envision, and they involve our heartfelt obedience to him. Thankfully, no sin or circumstance can restrain God’s mercy for us, and unlike David, we can look back to the cross, which demonstrates Jesus’ delight to do God’s will and our assurance of ultimate deliverance.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  1. How has Bob’s sermon affected your view of God’s mercy for your present trials?
  2. Working through specific verses and examples, what does Psalm 40 say about waiting on the Lord?
  3. Bob has been greatly blessed over the years through memorizing and meditating on Psalm 40. What is one verse that you will meditate on this week as it addresses your present trials?
  4. Read verses 5 and 11 out loud. Consider how God’s goodness toward us is rooted in his “taking thought of us.” How has God recently cared for and blessed you?
  5. Hebrews 10:5-7 quotes Psalm 40 and applies it to Jesus. In what ways is the meaning of the psalm significantly changed by reading it in light of the person and work of Jesus?