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Thanksgiving and a Cry for Help
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.
1I waited patiently for the Lord,
and He turned to me and heard my cry for help. # Ps 27:14; 34:15; 37:7
2He brought me up from a desolate # Or watery pit,
out of the muddy clay, # Ps 69:2,14
and set my feet on a rock,
making my steps secure. # Ps 27:5; 37:23
3He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God. # Ps 33:3
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord. # Dt 13:11
4How happy is the man
who has put his trust in the Lord
and has not turned to the proud
or to those who run after lies! # Jb 23:11; Ps 84:12
5Lord my God, You have done many things —
Your wonderful works and Your plans for us;
none can compare with You.
If I were to report and speak of them,
they are more than can be told. # Jb 5:9; Ps 71:15; 139:17-18
6You do not delight in sacrifice and offering;
You open my ears to listen. # Lit You hollow out ears for me
You do not ask for a whole burnt offering or a sin offering. # 1Sm 15:22; Ps 51:16; Am 5:22
7Then I said, “See, I have come;
it is written about me in the volume of the scroll. # Lk 24:44
8I delight to do Your will, my God; # Ps 119:16,24; Jn 4:34
Your instruction lives within me.” # Lit instruction within my inner being # Ps 119:11; Heb 10:5-9
9I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
see, I do not keep my mouth closed # Lit not restrain my lips
as You know, Lord. # Ps 22:22,25
10I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart;
I spoke about Your faithfulness and salvation;
I did not conceal Your constant love and truth
from the great assembly. # Ac 20:20
11Lord, do not withhold Your compassion from me;
Your constant love and truth will always guard me. # Ps 36:5; 57:3; 61:7
12For troubles without number have surrounded me;
my sins have overtaken me; I am unable to see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my courage leaves me. # Ps 38:4; 65:3
13Lord, be pleased to deliver me;
hurry to help me, Lord. # Ps 70:1
14Let those who seek to take my life
be disgraced and confounded.
Let those who wish me harm
be driven back and humiliated. # Ps 35:4,26; 63:9; 70:2
15Let those who say to me, “Aha, aha! ”
be horrified because of their shame. # Ps 35:21,25; 70:3
16Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
let those who love Your salvation continually say,
“The Lord is great! ” # Ps 35:27; 70:4
17I am afflicted and needy;
the Lord thinks of me.
You are my helper and my deliverer;
my God, do not delay. # Ps 86:1; 109:22

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