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!