Psalms 40

Psalm 401

For the music director; By David, a psalm.

40:1 I relied completely2 on the Lord,

and he turned toward me

and heard my cry for help.

40:2 He lifted me out of the watery pit,3

out of the slimy mud.4

He placed my feet on a rock

and gave me secure footing.5

40:3 He gave me reason to sing a new song,6

praising our God.7

May many see what God has done,

so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord!8

40:4 How blessed9 is the one10 who trusts in the Lord11

and does not seek help from12 the proud or from liars!13

40:5 O Lord, my God, you have accomplished many things;

you have done amazing things and carried out your purposes for us.14

No one can thwart you!15

I want to declare them and talk about them,

but they are too numerous to recount!16

40:6 Receiving sacrifices and offerings are not your primary concern.17

You make that quite clear to me!18

You do not ask for burnt sacrifices and sin offerings.

40:7 Then I say,

“Look! I come!

What is written in the scroll pertains to me.19

40:8 I want to do what pleases you,20 my God.

Your law dominates my thoughts.”21

40:9 I have told the great assembly22 about your justice.23

Look! I spare no words!24

O Lord, you know this is true.

40:10 I have not failed to tell about your justice;25

I spoke about your reliability and deliverance;

I have not neglected to tell the great assembly about your loyal love and faithfulness.26

40:11 O Lord, you do not withhold27 your compassion from me.

May your loyal love and faithfulness continually protect me!28

40:12 For innumerable dangers29 surround me.

My sins overtake me

so I am unable to see;

they outnumber the hairs of my head

so my strength fails me.30

40:13 Please be willing, O Lord, to rescue me!

O Lord, hurry and help me!31

40:14 May those who are trying to snatch away my life

be totally embarrassed and ashamed!32

May those who want to harm me

be turned back and ashamed!33

40:15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”

be humiliated34 and disgraced!35

40:16 May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you!

May those who love to experience36 your deliverance say continually,37

“May the Lord be praised!”38

40:17 I am oppressed and needy!39

May the Lord pay attention to me!40

You are my helper and my deliverer!

O my God, do not delay!

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