Psalm 40

David wrote this song for the music leader.

God has helped me

40:1Psalm 40 is a song that says ‘thank you’ to God. But David still has problems. So he will always need God's help.

1 I was patient while I waited for the Lord to help me.

He turned towards me,

and he heard me when I called to him.

2 He lifted me out of the deep hole of death.

He picked me up out of the mud.

He put my feet on a rock

so that I could walk and not slip.

3 He gave me a new song to sing.

It was a song to praise our God.

Many people will see what God has done to help me.

Then they will respect him,

and they will trust in the Lord.

4 If anyone trusts in the Lord

God has blessed them!

They do not expect proud people to help them.

They do not worship false gods.

5 Lord, my God, you have done many great things.

You have done so many things for us

that we cannot count them!

Nobody can stop you from doing the things that you decide.

I could say that I will talk about them,

but there would be too many to speak about!

6 Sacrifices and offerings are not important to you.

I understand that!

You do not ask for burnt offerings

or sin offerings.

7 Then I said, ‘Here I am, my God!

The message that is written in the book

tells me what I must do.

40:7In the New Testament this is said about Jesus. See Hebrews 10:7.

8 I want to do what pleases you.

Your law is always in my thoughts.’

9 In the great meeting of your people,

I have told them about your justice.

I cannot keep quiet!

You know that is true, Lord.

10 I have not kept the good news of your justice to myself.

I have told everyone that they can trust you,

and that you have the power to save.

I tell the great meeting of your people about your faithful love

that will always be true.

11 You, Lord, will continue to be kind to me.

Please continue to keep me safe,

because of your faithful love that I can trust.

12 There are many dangerous troubles all round me.

They are too many to count!

My sins are too strong for me.

They are more than all the hairs on my head!

So I am weak and I cannot see clearly.

13 Lord, please save me!

Lord, come quickly to help me!

14 Stop the people who want to kill me,

so that they become ashamed and confused.

Chase the people who want to hurt me,

so that they run away in shame.

15 When people laugh at me,

make them sorry for what they have done.

16 Lord, may those who want to know you be very happy.

Everyone who loves you because you have saved them

should never stop saying, ‘Praise the Lord!’

17 But I am poor and weak, my Lord.

Please continue to think about me.

You are the one who helps me and who saves me.

My God, come quickly to help me!