Psalm 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.
There is an element within this psalm of distress regarding all the enemies surrounding David. Israel was always surrounded by hostile enemies as it is today. Nations then and now look to obliterate the nation. As king, David would be keenly aware of this tension. Are we as believers whom Peter calls a holy nation and a royal priesthood aware of the enemies surrounding us? (1Peter 2:9) Do we realize we have enemies? Do we succumb to trusting the proud or putting our hope in false gods? David says the man who doesn’t depend on these things is blessed.
We need to be aware that we have enemies once we become believers in Christ. The world is full of animosity towards God and His people. You may not think you have any enemies but unfortunately when you joined forces with Jesus, His enemies became your enemies. The Romans were threatened by His kingdom, the religious leaders were threatened by His life and miracles. Followers followed Him for the food not the kingdom. His friends and disciples abandoned Him during His time of need. He was alone drowning in a world full of hatred towards God.
But we have this word in verse 5 to encourage us and give us hope. A significant truth is He has things planned for us. Not just a thing but also so many things that we can’t recall them all. I have encountered many believers who have a very limited scope of God’s plan for their life. They see a restricted future not one full of life and grace. Their prayers betray them, as they are not laced with faith. For without faith it is impossible to please God.
We need to fix our minds upon this fact – God has so many plans for us. As Jeremiah 29 says in verse 11 and 12: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Yes, we have enemies who don’t like us. Yes, there is evil all around us. But we have a God who is for us and not against us. How can we fail if we understand that He wants to bless us more than we want the blessing? We put the restrictions on God’s blessing by our unbelief. We need to not only be aware of the enemy’s schemes against us but to also be aware of the countless plans of God for us.
Who will we believe – the Lord or the enemy?
Prayer: “Father, thank you for all you have planned for me. I choose to lean into You in the midst of this swirling adversity and to believe in You. Bless all the plans You have for me and release the fullness of them unto me in Jesus’ name. Amen!”