American Standard Version

Psalms 40

The benefit of confidence in God.

Psalms 40:1 {For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.} I waited patiently for Jehovah; And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay; And he set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: Many shall see it, and fear, And shall trust in Jehovah. Psalms 40:4 Blessed is the man that maketh Jehovah his trust, And respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Psalms 40:5 Many, O Jehovah my God, are the wonderful works which thou hast done, And thy thoughts which are to us-ward; They cannot be set in order unto thee; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.

Obedience is the best sacrifice.

Psalms 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou hast no delight in; Mine ears hast thou opened: Burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required. Psalms 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I am come; In the roll of the book it is written of me: Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; Yea, thy law is within my heart. Psalms 40:9 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great assembly; Lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Jehovah, thou knowest. Psalms 40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great assembly.

The sense of David's evils inflameth his prayer.

Psalms 40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Jehovah; Let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. Psalms 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about; Mine iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head; And my heart hath failed me. Psalms 40:13 Be pleased, O Jehovah, to deliver me: Make haste to help me, O Jehovah. Psalms 40:14 Let them be put to shame and confounded together That seek after my soul to destroy it: Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor That delight in my hurt. Psalms 40:15 Let them be desolate by reason of their shame That say unto me, Aha, aha. Psalms 40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: Let such as love thy salvation say continually, Jehovah be magnified. Psalms 40:17 But I am poor and needy; [Yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: Thou art my help and my deliverer; Make no tarrying, O my God.

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