1For the leader. A psalm of David:
2I waited patiently for Adonai,
till he turned toward me and heard my cry.
3He brought me up from the roaring pit,
up from the muddy ooze,
and set my feet on a rock,
making my footing firm.
4He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will look on in awe
and put their trust in Adonai.
5How blessed the man who trusts in Adonai
and does not look to the arrogant
or to those who rely on things that are false.
6How much you have done, Adonai my God!
Your wonders and your thoughts toward us —
none can compare with you!
I would proclaim them, I would speak about them;
but there’s too much to tell!
7Sacrifices and grain offerings you don’t want;
burnt offerings and sin offerings you don’t demand.
Instead, you have given me open ears;
8so then I said, “Here I am! I’m coming!
In the scroll of a book it is written about me.
9Doing your will, my God, is my joy;
your Torah is in my inmost being.
10I have proclaimed what is right in the great assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, Adonai, as you know.
11I did not hide your righteousness in my heart
but declared your faithfulness and salvation;
I did not conceal your grace and truth
from the great assembly.”
12Adonai, don’t withhold your mercy from me.
Let your grace and truth preserve me always.
13For numberless evils surround me;
my iniquities engulf me — I can’t even see;
there are more of them than hairs on my head,
so that my courage fails me.
14Be pleased, Adonai, to rescue me!
Adonai, hurry and help me!
15May those who seek to sweep me away
be disgraced and humiliated together.
May those who take pleasure in doing me harm
be turned back and put to confusion.
16May those who jeer at me, “Aha! Aha!”
be aghast because of their shame.
17But may all those who seek you
be glad and take joy in you.
May those who love your salvation say always,
“Adonai is great and glorious!”
18But I am poor and needy;
may Adonai think of me.
You are my helper and rescuer;
my God, don’t delay!