Psalms Chapter 40 |
1For the leader. A psalm of David.
2I put my hope in the Lord;
He inclined toward me,
and heeded my cry.
3He lifted me out of the miry pit,
the slimy clay,
and set my feet on a rock,
steadied my legs.
4He put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
May many see it and stand in awe,
and trust in the Lord.
5Happy is the man who makes the Lord his trust,
who turns not to the arrogant or to followers of falsehood.
6 You, O Lord my God, have done many things;
the wonders You have devised for us
cannot be set out before You;
I would rehearse the tale of them,
but they are more than can be told.
7 You gave me to understand that
You do not desire sacrifice and meal offering;
You do not ask for burnt offering and sin offering.
8Then I said,
“See, I will bring a scroll recounting what befell me.”
9To do what pleases You, my God, is my desire;
Your teaching is in my inmost parts.
10I proclaimed [Your] righteousness in a great congregation;
see, I did not withhold my words;
O Lord, You must know it.
11I did not keep Your beneficence to myself;
I declared Your faithful deliverance;
I did not fail to speak of Your steadfast love in a great congregation.
12O Lord, You will not withhold from me Your compassion;
Your steadfast love will protect me always.
13For misfortunes without number envelop me;
my iniquities have caught up with me;
I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
I am at my wits’ end.
14 O favor me, Lord, and save me;
O Lord, hasten to my aid.
15Let those who seek to destroy my life
be frustrated and disgraced;
let those who wish me harm
fall back in shame.
16Let those who say “Aha! Aha!” over me
be desolate because of their frustration.
17But let all who seek You be glad and rejoice in You;
let those who are eager for Your deliverance always say,
“Extolled be the Lord!”
18But I am poor and needy;
may the Lord devise [deliverance] for me.
You are my help and my rescuer;
my God, do not delay.