LISTEN FIRST: More Psalm 40 things

So yesterday we noticed how “the world’s a huge stockpile of God-wonders”, and this amazing God just makes you want to DO something for him. Ah, BUT:

“Doing something for you, bringing something to you – that’s not what you’re after. Being religious, acting pious – that’s not what you’re asking for. You’ve opened my ears so I can listen.” (Psalm 40:6) So what is it that God wants? Not doing and bringing, but simply listening. Check out the next verse to see what the Psalmist listened TO:

“So I answered, “I’m coming. I read in your letter what you wrote about me,” (Psalm 40:7) God’s Word, aka The Bible, The Letter… That’s what the Psalmist listened to, and what he “heard” was an invitation. God said “Come”, so he responds “I’m coming…”

“‘And I’m coming to the party you’re throwing for me.’ That’s when God’s Word entered my life, became part of my very being.” (Psalm 40:8 – I put in the whole reference each time, so that you can hover your mouse and get a different translation.)

See, obviously it’s not there is NEVER any place for “doing” and “bringing”. But we so often jump right into it, when what God wants is for us to use those newly opened “ears”, and listen first. Then we respond to the joy God has in us (see that last verse above–it’s a PARTY), and that’s when God’s Word “enters” us, becomes “part of our very being”! Way back in verse 3 a few days ago, we talked about “entering” God (“the mystery”), but now we find it’s the other way around. Wow God!

Now you see why I wanted to “hang around in this Psalm” for awhile. ;)

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