Unabashed in his proclamation and praise of his Lord, David lets all who will hear know about God’s righteousness, saving help, faithfulness and love. And David is just as unabashed and uncovered as he pleads for God’s mercy and help because of his circumstances and his sins.
David knows he can be real with his God whose love and faithfulness to him are absolutely perfect and far greater than his own are, or ever could be, to his God. David does not hide his praise for God or his sins from God. He rejoices in God’s love and faithfulness. He is rescued by God’s mercy.
I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, LORD; come quickly, LORD, to help me. – Psalm 40:9-12
David puts forth his absolute assurance of who God is, lifting His name high – proclaiming and praising the Lord in the great assembly (with a whole bunch of people) as the One who is righteous and saves us, as the One whose love and faithfulness are eternal and good.
Is this how we know our God? Is this how we make our God known to others – with joy and thanksgiving, with proclamation and praise for our God’s righteousness and saving acts, for His boundless love and faithfulness?
David reveals his vulnerability and his desperate need for God – pleading with Him to pour out His mercy, to save him, to help him, to lift the blinding shame of sin from his eyes and to heal his sin-broken heart.
Is this how we come to our God? Do we come in all real-ness and repentance, in trust and vulnerability to receive what we desperately need from our God – His mercy and forgiveness, His love and faithfulness, His help and salvation?
Our God knows us full well. Our God loves us full well. And whether we are proclaiming His love and faithfulness or pleading for His mercy and help, our God wants us to be fully real with Him at all times!