Psalm 40:1–5 – “Look at the Rocks—and Stand” – Kerry Kaino

Discussion Questions:

1. The psalmist begins his psalm (verse 1) with the words, “I waited patiently for the Lord”. As you consider your life experiences, when have you had to wait? What have you waited for? How did you feel during these times of waiting? What “slimy pits” have you encountered?

2. Verses 1-3 declare some of the ways that the Lord was active in the psalmist’s life. Which activity(ies) of the Lord are meaningful to you today? Why?

3. What does the imagery of the “rock” mean to you? What relevance does this imagery in verse 2 have to the content of verse 4?

4. Read verse 5b. Who or what things does the world persist to present as comparable to the incomparable Rock? Why are we influenced by what the world presents? Elsewhere in Scripture, Jesus Christ is referred to as the “chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:19-22). Why is this imagery so fitting in describing Jesus? In what ways do you need a “chief cornerstone” in your own life?