Psalm 40:6-10 (NKJV)

Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness
In the great assembly;
Indeed, I do not restrain my lips,
Lord, You Yourself know.
10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
From the great assembly.

So, I know verses 6-8 are Jesus.  In Luke 4:16-21, he opens the scroll and reading Isaiah 61, and announces, essentially, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written about me.”  Verse 8 has to apply to Jesus before it can apply to anybody else.  The law is written on our hearts because it was written on His.

But I’ve been trying to learn to read for context.  Somebody somewhere told me that, whenever a New Testament author quotes a passage of scripture, they aren’t pulling it out of context.  They are quoting a key element, but they’re expecting you to bring the whole passage to mind and apply all of it. Sneaky devils, we must forgive them.  They were short on paper.

Verses 9-10 are about Jesus also, but as Christians, since we are added to Him in verse 8, we must go along with him in verses 9-10 as well.  He proclaimed the gospel at his resurrection.  We must continue proclaiming it until He returns.

10b I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth
from the great assembly….

16 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
Let such as love Your salvation say continually,
“The Lord be magnified!”
17 But I am poor and needy;
Yet the Lord thinks upon me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.

Author: KB French

Formerly many things, including theology student, mime, jr. high Latin teacher, and Army logistics officer. Currently in the National Guard, and employed as a civilian... somewhere

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