Psalm 40

God Sustains His Servant.

1 I 1waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and 2heard my cry.
2 He brought me up out of the 3pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And 4He set my feet upon a rock 5making my footsteps firm.
3 He put a 6new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will 7see and fear And will trust in the LORD.
4 How 8blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And 9has not turned to the proud, nor to those who 10lapse into falsehood.
5 Many, O LORD my God, are 11the wonders which You have done, And Your 12thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They 13would be too numerous to count.
6 14Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.
7 Then I said, "Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 15I delight to do Your will, O my God; 16Your Law is within my heart."
9 I have 17proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will 18not restrain my lips, O LORD, 19You know.
10 I have 20not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have 21spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.
11 You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your 22lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.
12 For evils beyond * number have 23surrounded me; My 24iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see; They are 25more numerous than the hairs of my head, And my 26heart has failed me.
13 27Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; Make 28haste, O LORD, to help me.
14 Let those be 29ashamed and humiliated together Who 30seek my life to destroy it; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight in my hurt.
15 Let those 31be appalled because * of their shame Who 32say to me, "Aha, aha!"
16 33Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let those who love Your salvation 34say continually, "The LORD be magnified!"
17 Since 35I am afflicted and needy, 36Let the Lord be mindful of me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.
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