A Short Study of Psalm 40:1
“…I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”
Without Christ, true Godly patience is incomprehensible. When by grace the sinner is shown by the Spirit his utter dependence on the all-sufficient Christ, he begins to understand the inadequacy of his patience. He knows that he will never attain a patience wrought by an unwavering faith and an absolute trust in God’s good providence.
Christ alone can truthfully say “I waited patiently for the LORD.”
He, while enduring the imputation of the elects’ sins in Gethsemane, in perfect faith, obedience, and patience waited on His Father.
He would willfully drink of the cup of suffering that could not pass from Him because eternal counsel had decreed it.
Perfect faith . . . perfect patience, what a glorious thought, albeit unattainable by us impatient, wretched sinners — but do not despair, the Lord has given us an Intercessor with perfect patience. In Christ, we can say, “I waited patiently for the LORD.”
By Marvin Stalnaker