Psalms 40 – Wed – 22-12-07

Do you enjoy a good mystery? My wife does. She reads a lot of novels, many which are mysteries. We both like British crime dramas, especially if they are a bit quirky, have humorous characters and end on a happy note.

This week, we are working through Psalms 40. In the middle of it we find a mystery. The psalmist begins by picturing himself mired in a pit. God lifts him out and sets him on solid ground. This illustrates our dependence on God for rescue. The next section declares how blessed we are to trust in God because he had performed more wonders than we can recount. Then comes the mystery in verses 6-8. It says, ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come – it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”’ (NIV)

Who is the Psalmist talking about? Who desires to do God’s will? Who is written about in the scroll? The mystery is resolved by Hebrews 10 beginning at verse 5. The Hebrews passage applies these verses to Jesus. He is the one who rescues us from sin through the sacrifice of himself. Now that’s a happy ending to the mystery.

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