Waiting for the Lord
Monday Club Sermons
Psalm 40:1-17
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.

There is a Divine law of waiting which has an essential connection with the larger law of giving.

I. IN WAITING FOR GOD WE DISCOVER OUR DISTANCE FROM HIM. God may be near us, and we far off from Him.

II. WAITING FOSTERS THE SENSE OF A NEED WHICH GOD ALONE CAN SATISFY. The sense of the depth of guilt must be gained by sounding.

III. WAITING REVEALS THE GOODNESS OF GOD. If the sinner reviews his life, the sense of the Divine mercies is blended by his sense of guilt. He sees the golden roll of the providences of his life. The goodness of God leads him to repentance.

IV. WAITING LEADS TO A DISCRIMINATION BETWEEN THE FORM AND THE SPIRIT OF RELIGION (vers. 5-8). Every one who has come into covenant with God in his heart, and is now living in covenant with Him, has a book in his hand. It describes his duties and his rights in relation to God; and he promises to make it the guide of his life. As Christ engaged to fulfil the volume of the book as it applied to Him, so we engage to fulfil it as it applies to us.

V. WAITING SHOWS US THE IMPORTANCE OF AN OPEN CONFESSION OF GOD. The selfishness of sin is now revealed to us as the inner depth of its guilt. Will you, if God comes now and lifts you out of this pit, confess Him; will you try to live as a secret disciple, or will you publish what He has done for your soul; will you take a public position, and let your light shine?

(Monday Club Sermons.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: {To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

WEB: I waited patiently for Yahweh. He turned to me, and heard my cry.

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