Summer Psalm Series #4: Psalm 40:1-10; Luke 17:11-19

Collected by Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl


Intro to the Psalm series, including commentary on Psalm 40 as a psalm of re-orientation.  This commentary says v.1 is not “i waited patiently” so much as “Iwaited and waited.”

Psalm 40:1-10 is also an RCL text; see

Luke 17:11-19 is also in the RCL. See


This Mud Psalm paraphrases/recasts the psalm from David’s own experience

A poetic re-interpretation of Psalm 40:1-11 by Donna Hardy, a psychotherapist, poet and author .”

Billabong: a translation for today                                                  

Waiting for Rescue: drama of two girls in a cave                                                    

Sung responsorial version

U2’s song “40”


Bono and Eugene Peterson (writer of the Message translation) discussing the psalms

Verse by verse devotional/reflection, including stories that can be used as illustrations  and one line prayers for each verse.

Psalm 40 as an unusual lament psalm, running from thanksgiving to lament.

Psalm 40 as the Pit and the Peak

Word study-oriented commentary (keeping the “I waited patiently” translation); “Here I am”;  having open ears; happy v. blessed; and “forever.”

Another take, this one favoring “I waited and waited”

Another Working Preacher take on the text focusing on thanksgiving recognizing trouble and the need for salvation

Yet another Working Preacher commentary, noting that v. 1-10=trust and v.11ff=lament.

LITURGICAL RESOURCES                                                                                                                Call to Worship (Psalm 40:1-11 and John 1:29-42) Re: Worship                                

Call to Worship, Prayers of the People, and Personal Meditation by Joan Stott              

(Another) Call to Worship, Prayers of Praise, and Personal Meditation by Joan Stott

Responsive Call to Worship calling for singing praise to the Lord

Responsive Benediction

Offering prayer based on Psalm 40

Also listed above under exegesis: Verse by verse devotional/reflection, including stories that can be used as illustrations  and one line prayers for each verse.


In the Pit Waiting: A Service Based on Psalm 40

United Methodist worship service entitled The Great Invitation-Come and See using Psalm 40:1-11 and also Isaiah 49:1-17; 1 Cor. 1:1-19; John 1:29-42

U2:Unexpected Prophets (Singing Our Lives) study from Baylor University including U-2’s use of Psalm 40.,




The story of St. Catherine and the Wheel

Also listed above under exegesis and liturgical resources: Verse by verse devotional/reflection, including stories that can be used as illustrations  and one line prayers for each verse.




psalm 40-2


10 Things to do While You’re Waiting on God

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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