The God Who Comes and Delivers

2012 The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference


In this 51-minute session from the 2012 TGC Women’s Conference, Carrie Sandom takes women through Psalm 40 to describe how to find hope in despair.  

Carrie Sandom has served in women’s and student ministry for over 20 years and is currently the Associate Minister for Women at St. John’s Church in Tunbridge Wells, UK. She is also the author of Different By Design: God's Blueprint for Men and Women.  


Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV)

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1I waited patiently for the Lord;

he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

out of the miry bog,

and set my feet upon a rock,

making my steps secure.

3He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear,

and put their trust in the Lord.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


In this passage, David remembered when God delivered him from despair. Describe a time when you were in a “pit of destruction” or a “miry bog.” How did you get there? What did deliverance from that season look like?
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Psalm 40:4-10 (ESV)

4Blessed is the man who makes

the Lord his trust,

who does not turn to the proud,

to those who go astray after a lie!

5You have multiplied, O Lord my God,

your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;

none can compare with you!

I will proclaim and tell of them,

yet they are more than can be told.

6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,

but you have given me an open ear.

Burnt offering and sin offering

you have not required.

7Then I said, “Behold, I have come;

in the scroll of the book it is written of me:

8 I delight to do your will, O my God;

your law is within my heart.”

9I have told the glad news of deliverance

in the great congregation;

behold, I have not restrained my lips,

as you know, O Lord.

10I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;

I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness

from the great congregation.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Carrie explained how David responded to past deliverance:
  1. He affirmed his faith in God. (vv. 4–5)
  2. He dedicated himself to the will of God. (vv. 6–8)
  3. He proclaimed the Word of God. (vv. 9–10) 

How has help or deliverance from God in the past affirmed your faith in Him? How has it inspired obedience? In what ways has it given you confidence?
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Hebrews 10:4-7 (ESV)

4For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,

but a body have you prepared for me;

6in burnt offerings and sin offerings

you have taken no pleasure.

7Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,

as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Carrie said, “This [Hebrews 5–6] is what David said all those years ago. But David could not obey God’s will. He failed. He needed a Savior who could deal with sin once and for all. Jesus is the One who comes, the One who delivers.” 

She explained that this good news means three things for us in the pit today. We should:
  1. Remember God’s deliverance in the past, thanking Him for Jesus.
  2. Pray for deliverance in the present, knowing His mercy never fails. 
  3. Sing of the Lord’s goodness.  

What might be holding you back from remembering, praying, and singing today–sin, bitterness, self-absorption, unbelief, preoccupation, etc? How does the defeat of death in Jesus give you hope in despair?
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We can join David and countless others who have experienced the unchanging nature and enduring promises of the Lord by affirming our faith in Him, dedicating ourselves to obedience, and proclaiming the good news of Jesus, who is our only way out of the pit and miry bog. 


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