Crying Out to God
Another Psalm of ascent
Another Psalm where the Psalmist is crying out to God from the pit of despair
There is much to be encouraged by in this Psalm.
I. The Psalmist is talking to God vv. 1-6
1. God hears him out of the depth vv. 1-2
All of us can find ourselves at times in the “depths”
@ a loss for what to do
@ a point where it feels like we can go no lower
Family/Job/Church/situation with friends or neighbors/etc.
No matter what the condition/no matter how low we go we can have great confidence that He can/will incline His ear to hear our prayer
· Jeremiah out of a dungeon
· Daniel out of a lions den
· Jonah out of a fish’s belly
· Hannah out of the pit of barrenness
2. God hears him because He forgives vv. 3-4
If the Lord marked (kept a record of) our iniquities, who could stand before Him? Implied answer = NOONE!!
Fortunately there is forgiveness because that is what God desires
Why is recognizing this important in prayer?
We come to God unworthily, we come to God seeking His mercy
How often do we get angry with God for seemingly not answering prayer in a way that we think is appropriate? When that happens we are saying that God owes us
How should we then deal with sin?
1) Acknowledge it as sin
2) Realize our guilt and helplessness
3) Receive God’s forgiveness
3. God hearing gives comforting hope vv. 5-6
Why does his soul wait on God? There is hope/assurance of an answer coming
I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, 
He waits as one watching for the morning
As one laying in bed at night, unable to sleep, just waiting for morning to come
· This person knows that morning is coming
· This person feels as if it is not coming quickly enough
The Psalmist longs for God to answer in the same way, knowing that He will but not sure when
II. The Psalmist is talking to Israel vv. 7-8
The Psalmist is encouraging them to do the same thing that he is
That is exactly how we are to reach/teach others: do as I am doing
Our doing is the best teaching tool that we have
If we want to teach others to be thankful: we need to be thankful
If we want to teach others to trust in the Lord—we need to trust in the Lord
If we want those closest to us to wait patiently on the Lord—we need to do the same!
All of Israel could hope in God because:
1. God is merciful: just as God demonstrated undeserved kindness to us He is willing to do so to others as well
2. God is a God of redemption: He redeemed Israel from all their enemies
3. God is a God who saves from iniquity
The New King James Version. 1982 (Ps 40:1-2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.