“40” by U2

This past Sunday, Pastor Brian spoke about the song “40” by U2.  The song was originally included on their album War, and leading crowds in singing the song has become a feature of U2’s concerts. The lyrics are lifted directly from Psalm 40.


 

As U2 lead singer Bono told the Los Angeles Times in 2004:

“I was always interested in the character of David in the Bible because he was such a screw-up. It’s a great amusement to me that the people God chose to use in the Scriptures were all liars, cheaters, adulterers, murderers,” Bono says. “I don’t know which of the activities I was involved in at the time, but I certainly related to David,” he adds with a laugh. “I was writing my psalm.”

If you are interested in learning more about Bono’s faith, check out the conversation he had with Eugene Peterson about the Psalms.

Lyrics:
I waited patiently for the Lord.
He inclined and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit
Out of the miry clay.

I will sing, sing a new song.
I will sing, sing a new song.
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long, how long, how long
How long to sing this song?

You set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm.
Many will see, many will see and hear.

I will sing, sing a new song.
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song.
I will sing, sing a new song
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?