Study Guide – Psalm 40:1-3


1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him. NIV

Imagine a time when you had to ‘wait’ for someone to help you. How do you handle the waiting process?


What did David, the writer of this psalm, mean when he wrote that he ‘waited patiently’ on the Lord for help? Was God running late? Did David get there early? Why would someone have to wait on God?


If you are in need of help, how would that make it harder to wait patiently?
Do you think ‘waiting’ is a passive attitude or a proactive one? What makes you say that?


Look at the 2nd half of verse 1. A testimony is an eye-witness story about what a person has experienced. What is David’s testimony about waiting for God?


Look at verse 2-3. How do these verses expand on the pattern of trouble-turned-testimony in verse 1?


In verse 3, David says that God put a new praise song in his mouth. How did a new song of praise help him wait patiently? How could a new song ‘lift’ David out of the ‘slimy pit’?



The next time you are struggling, whether that is today or tomorrow, how (or where) could you find a new praise song to sing that will be refreshing for your soul?

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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