Wednesday, November 29, 2006
PSALM 40 (Contemporary English)
1I patiently waited, LORD, for you to hear my prayer. You listened 2and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, 3and you gave me a new song, a song of praise to you. Many will see this, and they will honor and trust you, the LORD God. 4You bless all of those who trust you, LORD, and refuse to worship idols or follow false gods. 5You, LORD God, have done many wonderful things, and you have planned marvelous things for us. No one is like you! I would never be able to tell all you have done. 6Sacrifices and offerings are not what please you; gifts and payment for sin are not what you demand. But you made me willing to listen and obey. 7And so, I said, "I am here to do what is written about me in the book, where it says, 8'I enjoy pleasing you. Your Law is in my heart.' " 9When your people worshiped, you know I told them, "Our LORD always helps!" 10When all your people met, I did not keep silent. I said, "Our LORD is kind. He is faithful and caring, and he saves us." 11You, LORD, never fail to have pity on me; your love and faithfulness always keep me secure. 12I have more troubles than I can count. My sins are all around me, and I can't find my way. My sins outnumber the hairs on my head,
and I feel weak. 13Please show that you care and come to my rescue. Hurry and help me! 14Disappoint and confuse all who want me dead; turn away and disgrace all who want to hurt me. 15Embarrass and shame all of those who say, "Just look at you now!" 16Our LORD, let your worshipers rejoice and be glad. They love you for saving them, so let them always say, "The LORD is wonderful!" 17I am poor and needy, but, LORD God, you care about me, and you come to my rescue. Please hurry and help.