Psalm 40

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1I waited [1]  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 [1]  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 [1]  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[1]  Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired;
My ears You have [2]  opened;
Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.
7Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is [1]  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;
[1]  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 [1]  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 [1]  life to destroy it;
Let those be turned back and dishonored
Who delight [2]  in my hurt.
15Let those be [1]  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,
[1]  Let the Lord be mindful of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.