Psalm 40
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God Sustains His Servant.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

1I waited [a]patiently for the LORD;

And He reached down to me and heard my cry.

2He brought me up out of the pit of [b]destruction, out of the mud;

And He set my feet on a rock, making my footsteps firm.

3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;

Many will see and fear

And will trust in the LORD.

4How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust,

And has not turned to the [c]proud, nor to those who become involved in falsehood.

5Many, LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done,

And Your thoughts toward us;

There is no one to compare with You.

If I would declare and speak of them,

They would be too numerous to count.

6You have not desired [d]sacrifice and meal offering;

You have [e]opened my ears;

You have not required burnt offering and sin offering.

7Then I said, “Behold, I have come;

It is [f]written of me in the scroll of the book.

8“I delight to do Your will, my God;

Your Law is within my [g]heart.”

9I have proclaimed good news of righteousness in the great congregation;

Behold, I will not restrain my lips,

LORD, You know.

10I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;

I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;

I have not concealed Your mercy and Your truth from the great congregation.

11You, LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me;

[h]Your mercy and Your truth will continually watch over me.

12For evils beyond number have surrounded me;

My guilty deeds have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see;

They are more numerous than the hairs of my head,

And my heart has [i]failed me.

13Be pleased, LORD, to rescue me;

Hurry, LORD, to help me.

14May those be ashamed and humiliated together

Who seek my [j]life to destroy it;

May those be turned back and dishonored

Who delight [k]in my hurt.

15May those be [l]appalled because of their shame

Who say to me, “Aha, aha!”

16May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;

May those who love Your salvation continually say,

“The LORD be exalted!”

17But I am afflicted and needy;

May the Lord be mindful of me.

You are my help and my savior;

Do not delay, my God.

[a] 1 Or intently
[b] 2 Lit wasteland; i.e., the underworld
[c] 4 Or enemies
[d] 6 I.e., blood sacrifice
[e] 6 Lit dug; or possibly pierced
[f] 7 Or prescribed for
[g] 8 Lit inner being
[h] 11 Or May...preserve
[i] 12 Lit forsaken
[j] 14 Or soul
[k] 14 Or to injure me
[l] 15 Or desolated

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