Wednesday, September 14, 2016

well, maybe not patiently...

Well, maybe not patiently...

Psalm 40 (selected verses)

1 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.

He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see what he has done and be amazed.

  They will put their trust in the LORD.

4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.

5 O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us.

  Your plans for us are too numerous to list.

  You have no equal.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.

6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.

  Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand - you don't require burnt offerings or sin offerings.

7 Then I said, "Look, I have come.
  As is written about me in the Scriptures:
8 I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart."

9 I have told all your people about your justice.

  I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O LORD, well know.

10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;

  I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.

16 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you.

May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, "The LORD is great!"

17a As for me, I am poor and needy, and the Lord is thinking about me right now.

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