Psalm 40:16 Let all who seek you rejoice and be happy in you; let those who love your salvation continually say, “Yahveh is great!”
Psalm 40:17 I am oppressed and needy; may my Lord think of me. You are my helper and my deliverer; my God, do not delay.1
A few months ago, when I first got the job at a major US home improvement store, it was quite frustrating when customers came to me for help when looking for an item. There were over a million products, and just no way to learn where everything was immediately. Fortunately, the store has an app, so I found myself introducing the customers to the app, and searching for the item for them. I had access to something greater than my own experience, and it prevented much frustration.
The psalms were intricate works of poetry and music, portraying a profound message. This psalm came from one of the cultural heroes, and his message is that there are no self-made men or women. If you want to DIY, get ready for failure and humiliation. But if you reach out to the great helper and deliverer, it is possible to gain some joy and happiness.
Lord, thank you for providing help from something greater than our own experience and ability.
1subscription: For the choir director.