2 I put my hope in Hashem; He inclined toward me, and heeded my cry.
ka-VOH ki-VEE-tee a-do-NAI va-YAYT ay-LAI va-yish-MA shav-a-TEE
ב קַוּׂה קִוִּיתִי יְהֹוָה וַיֵּט אֵלַי וַיִּשְׁמַע שַׁוְעָתִי׃
40:2 I put my hope in Hashem
In Tehillim, King David often calls out to Hashem in pain; expressing his suffering and calling for salvation. Here, David reminds us that God not only listens to his pleas, but also responds. Psalm 40 opens with a direct response to Psalm 27’s last line: “Look to Hashem; be strong and of good courage! O look to Hashem!” David tells us that he indeed put his hope in Hashem, and Hashem listened, heard his cry and saved him. Perhaps in this verse David is acknowledging his salvation from Shaul, perhaps he is rejoicing in the return of the Ark to Yerushalayim, or perhaps he is just sharing the momentary bliss of his wives, his children or his nation. We believe that our prayers are always heard by God; sometimes the time is right for Him only to listen, and sometimes He responds with great salvation. Those times require us to sing great praise to Him.