Psalm 40

C.M. (86.86)
Julie Tennent

1I waited for the Lord my God; I waited patiently,
And He in mercy heard my cry; inclined His ear to me.
2He brought me up out of the pit, out from the miry clay;
He set my feet upon a rock, there firm to stand and stay.

3He put a new song in my mouth, God’s praise for all to hear;
And many then will trust the Lord, who see and learn to fear.
4How blest the one who trusts the Lord, who looks not to the proud,
Nor to the ones who turn aside to false gods all around.

5For many are Your wonders, Lord, things planned beyond compare;
They are more than I can recount, more than I could declare.
6An off’ring You have not required, but rather pierced my ears;
Burnt off’ring You have not desired, but rather, one who hears.

7And so I said, “Behold, I come; it is prescribed for me
8within Your scroll to do Your will; Your law is deep in me.”
9I have proclaimed deliverance; glad news for all to hear;
You know I’ve not restrained my lips from speaking far and near.

10I do not hide Your righteousness alone within my heart,
But I speak of Your faithfulness; Your truth I do impart.
I’ve not concealed Your steadfast love, Your faithfulness of old;
To the assembly gathered round, I’ve Your salvation told.

11Do not withhold Your mercy, Lord, or keep it far from me,
May Your great love and faithfulness keep me continually.
12For troubles have surrounded me, iniquities flood me;
More than the hairs upon my head, my heart fails within me.

13Be pleased, O Lord, to save me; and come quickly to my aid;
For many seek to take my life; let them now be dismayed.
14Let those be turned back, put to shame, who in my harm delight,
Leave them appalled and desolate who would destroy my life.

15Let those who say to me, “Aha!” be appalled at their shame;
16But may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in Your name.
May those who love salvation say, “Exalt the Lord always!”
17Yet I am needy; think of me! My God, do not delay!


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