Psalms 40
For the music leader. Of David. A psalm.
1I put all my hope in the LORD.
He leaned down to me;
he listened to my cry for help.
2He lifted me out of the pit of death,
out of the mud and filth,
and set my feet on solid rock.
He steadied my legs.
3He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise for our God.
Many people will learn of this and be amazed;
they will trust the LORD.
4Those who put their trust in the LORD,
who pay no attention to the proud
or to those who follow lies,
are truly happy!
5You, LORD my God!
You’ve done so many things—
your wonderful deeds and your plans for us—
no one can compare with you!
If I were to proclaim and talk about all of them,
they would be too numerous to count!
6You don’t relish sacrifices or offerings;
you don’t require entirely burned offerings or compensation offerings—
but you have given me ears!
7So I said, "Here I come!
I’m inscribed in the written scroll.
8I want to do your will, my God.
Your Instruction is deep within me."
9I’ve told the good news of your righteousness
in the great assembly.
I didn’t hold anything back—
as you well know, LORD!
10I didn’t keep your righteousness only to myself.
I declared your faithfulness and your salvation.
I didn’t hide your loyal love and trustworthiness
from the great assembly.
11So now you, LORD
don’t hold back any of your compassion from me.
Let your loyal love and faithfulness always protect me,
12because countless evils surround me.
My wrongdoings have caught up with me—
I can’t see a thing!
There’s more of them than hairs on my head—
my courage leaves me.
13Favor me, LORD, and deliver me!
LORD, come quickly and help me!
14Let those who seek my life, who want me dead,
be disgraced and put to shame.
Let those who want to do me harm
be thoroughly frustrated and humiliated.
15Let those who say to me, "Yes! Oh, yes!"#See Ps 35:21, 25.
be destroyed by their shame.
16But let all who seek you
celebrate and rejoice in you.
Let those who love your salvation always say,
"The LORD is great!"
17But me? I’m weak and needy.
Let my Lord think of me.
You are my help and my rescuer.
My God, don’t wait any longer!
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