The God Who Bends Toward Us

Psalm 40 is a psalm of David with two distinct parts:

  1. Thanksgiving for God’s deliverance and provision in the past (40:1-10)
  2. A heartfelt expression of need for God’s intervention in the present (40:11-17)

While the entire psalm is obviously valuable, I was particularly struck by Psalm 40:1 last night.

____ I waited patiently for the LORD;
_______ he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Marvel with me at the fact that the Creator of the universe heard the cry of an ordinary human being and inclined himself—literally, God “bent toward” David.

Far too often, my children try to get my attention and I am disinclined to focus on them entirely. I’m busy. I’m preoccupied. I’ve got a deadline. And sometimes, I let them down.

How remarkable that our Father in heaven not only hears, not only cares, but willingly bends himself toward the cries of his children.

____________ Blessed is the man who makes
_______________ the LORD his trust. (Psa 40:4)

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He’s a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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  1. Reminds me of one of my favorite phrases in Psa. 113:6, to show God’s concern for his creation: “He bends down to look at the sky and the earth.” Thanks!

  2. Jason,

    I love the psalms. Its one of my favorite in the bible to read. I feel so lifted up and encouraged after reading a few psalms. I think the key is to be patient at times. To wait in His presence and be feed through doing nothing. Great post.