Today’s reading is Psalm 40.
Why did David believe God would not restrain Himself from mercy? …from steadfast love? …from faithfulness? …from preserving him?
David had sinned. His iniquities had overtaken him. His iniquities were more than the hairs of his head. With this being the case, why would he ever think God would deliver him?
Because when the Lord had delivered David in the past, David had not restrained his praise. He had told the entire congregation, that is, the entire nation, about God’s power, mercy, deliverance. He had sung God’s praises. He had proclaimed God’s mercies. He didn’t just think about them. He didn’t just meditate on them. He told them.
Because David had no restraint in acknowledging God, he was certain God would have no restraint in saving him.
Certainly, there are plenty of areas in which we need to restrain ourselves. But in the area of God’s praises, let us practice no restraint.
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 40.
Discuss the Following Questions with Your Family
- What are your initial reactions to the psalm and the written devo above?
- Why do you think anyone would ever restrain themselves from praising God?
- What kind of reasons do you have for praising and thanking God?
- What kind of reasons does our family have for praising and thanking God?
- What do you think we should pray for and about in light of this psalm and our discussion today?