Psalms - Chapter 40 | Good News Translation

  • 1. I waited patiently for the LORD's help; then he listened to me and heard my cry.
  • 2. He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure.
  • 3. He taught me to sing a new song, a song of praise to our God. Many who see this will take warning and will put their trust in the LORD.
  • 4. Happy are those who trust the LORD, who do not turn to idols or join those who worship false gods.
  • 5. You have done many things for us, O LORD our God; there is no one like you! You have made many wonderful plans for us. I could never speak of them all--- their number is so great!
  • 6. You do not want sacrifices and offerings; you do not ask for animals burned whole on the altar or for sacrifices to take away sins. Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,
  • 7. and so I answered, "Here I am; your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.
  • 8. How I love to do your will, my God! I keep your teaching in my heart."
  • 9. In the assembly of all your people, LORD, I told the good news that you save us. You know that I will never stop telling it.
  • 10. I have not kept the news of salvation to myself; I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help. In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent about your loyalty and constant love.
  • 11. LORD, I know you will never stop being merciful to me. Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.
  • 12. I am surrounded by many troubles--- too many to count! My sins have caught up with me, and I can no longer see; they are more than the hairs of my head, and I have lost my courage.
  • 13. Save me, LORD! Help me now!
  • 14. May those who try to kill me be completely defeated and confused. May those who are happy because of my troubles be turned back and disgraced.
  • 15. May those who make fun of me be dismayed by their defeat.
  • 16. May all who come to you be glad and joyful. May all who are thankful for your salvation always say, "How great is the LORD!"
  • 17. I am weak and poor, O Lord, but you have not forgotten me. You are my savior and my God--- hurry to my aid!