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“As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!” (Psalm 40:11, ESV).

            After his initial reflections on God’s deliverance (vv.1-5), David proceeds to describe his response to the Lord’s merciful call (vv.6-10), including verses that have a further and final fulfillment as Messianic prophecy (vv.6-7).  David has forthrightly borne witness to God’s kindness and salvation (v.10); now he reflects once more on the graciousness of divine favor (v.11).

            God’s persistent mercy is our abiding hope.  His love continues to reach out to us, His fatherly heart to care for us, through all our trails and failings.  We can look to God for stability and strength in life’s struggles, and for mercy in our time of need.