The Number 40 has significant value in the Bible — usually signaling a time of testing, trial or probation. For example, Jesus was tempted in the Bible for forty days and forty nights by the devil (Matt 4:1-11). After His resurrection and before His ascension, Jesus was on earth for forty days to establish the Church (Acts 1:3). After being freed from slavery, the Israelites spent 40 years wandering the desert before entering the Promised Land (Joshua 4:6). When Moses received the Ten commandments from the Lord, he fasted forty days and forty nights on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 34:28). The prophet Elijah fasted forty days and forty nights for strength to obey the Lord’s instruction (1 Kings 19:8). The rain that contributed to the flood of Noah’s day lasted forty days and nights in order to return the earth to its pre-creation state (Genesis 7:12).
In lieu of the significance of the number forty, here are the Top 40 Psalms for inspiration and encouragement. Read them over, one by one, and let them speak to you. Pay close attention to the one’s that speak to you the most. Let’s go: