PSALM 40 God Sustains His Servant. For the choir director. A Psalm of David. 40 1I waited [R]patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the [S]miry clay, And He set my feet upon 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 [T]turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood. 5Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count. 6[U]Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have [V]opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. 7Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is [W]written of me. 8I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.” 9I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O 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 lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation. 11You, O Lord, will not withhold Your compassion from me; [X]Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me. 12For evils beyond number have surrounded me; My iniquities 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 [Y]failed me. 13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; Make haste, O Lord, to help me. 14Let those be ashamed and humiliated together Who seek my [Z]life to destroy it; Let those be turned back and dishonored Who delight [A]in my hurt. 15Let those be [B]appalled because of their shame Who say to me, “Aha, aha!” 16Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let those who love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” 17Since I am afflicted and needy, [C]Let the Lord be mindful of me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.
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