These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Psalm 40: Learning to Wait on the Lord

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Psalms.

Judy had a portable phone beside her. Her son's wife was expecting, and Judy was about to become a grandmother for the first time. During the entire Bible study, Judy contributed to our discussion. However, if that phone had rung with news of her daughter-in-law's labor, Judy would have been out of there in a minute. Just as Judy was prepared to receive a call and ready to respond when it came, so we should be waiting on the Lord.

Warming Up to God

Jesus calls his disciples to deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him. Commit yourself, body and soul, to him. As reservations or objections rise to the surface, ask Jesus to take them from you.

Read Psalm 40

Discovering the Word

  • In response to God's help, David proclaims righteousness, doesn't seal his lips, doesn't hide God's righteousness, and does not conceal God's love. From your reading of verses 1-10, what is he eager to make known?
  • Compare verses 1-10 with verses 11-17. How does the psalm's tone change in the second half?
  • Considering David's attitude in these verses, put into your own words David's description of life's dilemma.
  • What effect does it have on him?
  • David begins this psalm by saying he waited patiently. He concludes by asking that God would not delay. What do the elements of patience and the need for a speedy answer contribute to your understanding of what it means to wait on God?

Applying the Word

  • Waiting in a slimy pit—what a graphic picture of needing God's help! Imagine that you are in a slimy pit from which you need deliverance. What things in your life have placed you in that pit, and what makes it "slimy"?
  • As you call out for God to deliver you, what is it like to wait on God?
  • Imagine that you knew Jesus Christ was coming back in one week. How would you spend your week waiting?

Responding in Prayer

Pray for your loved ones that don't yet have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Ask the Spirit to give them hungry hearts for his love.