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God Sustains His Servant.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

  1 I awaited Ipatiently for the LORD;
  And He inclined to me and bheard my cry.
  2 He brought me up out of the apit of destruction, out of the Imiry clay,
  And bHe set my feet upon a rock cmaking my footsteps firm.
  3 He put a anew song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
  Many will bsee and fear
  And will trust in the LORD.

[1] IOr intently aPs 25:5; 27:14; 37:7 bPs 34:15
[2] ILit mud of the mire aPs 69:2, 14; Jr 38:6 bPs 27:5 cPs 37:23
[3] aPs 32:7; 33:3 bPs 52:6; 64:9

  4 ¶ How ablessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust,
  And bhas not Iturned to the proud, nor to those who clapse into falsehood.
  5 Many, O LORD my God, are athe wonders which You have done,
  And Your bthoughts toward us;
  There is none to compare with You.
  If I would declare and speak of them,
  They cwould be too numerous to count.

[4] ILit regard aPs 34:8; 84:12 bJb 37:24 cPs 125:5
[5] aJb 5:9; Ps 136:4 bPs 139:17; Is 55:8 cPs 71:15; 139:18

  6IaSacrifice and meal offering You have not desired;
  My ears You have IIopened;
  Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.
  7 Then I said, “Behold, I come;
  In the scroll of the book it is Iwritten of me.
  8 aI delight to do Your will, O my God;
  bYour Law is within my heart.”

[6] II.e. Blood sacrifice IILit dug; or possibly pierced a1S 15:22; Ps 51:16; Is 1:11; Jr 6:20; 7:22, 23; Am 5:22; Mi 6:6-8; He 10:5-7
[7] IOr prescribed for
[8] aJn 4:34 bPs 37:31; Jr 31:33; 2Co 3:3

  9 ¶ I have aproclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation;
  Behold, I will bnot restrain my lips,
  O LORD, cYou know.
  10 I have anot hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
  I have bspoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
  I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.

[9] aPs 22:22, 25 bPs 119:13 cJsh 22:22; Ps 139:4
[10] aAc 20:20, 27 bPs 89:1

  11 ¶ You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me;
  IYour alovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.
  12 For evils beyond number have asurrounded me;
  My biniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see;
  They are cmore numerous than the hairs of my head,
  And my dheart has Ifailed me.

[11] IOr May...preserve aPs 43:3; 57:3; 61:7; Pv 20:28
[12] ILit forsaken aPs 18:5; 116:3 bPs 38:4; 65:3 cPs 69:4 dPs 73:26

  13aBe pleased, O LORD, to deliver me;
  Make bhaste, O LORD, to help me.
  14 Let those be aashamed and humiliated together
  Who bseek my Ilife to destroy it;
  Let those be turned back and dishonored
  Who delight IIin my hurt.
  15 Let those abe Iappalled because of their shame
  Who bsay to me, “Aha, aha!”
  16 aLet all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
  Let those who love Your salvation bsay continually,
  “The LORD be magnified!”
  17 Since aI am afflicted and needy,
  IbLet the Lord be mindful of me.
  You are my help and my deliverer;
  Do not delay, O my God.

[13] aPs 70:1 bPs 22:19; 71:12
[14] IOr soul IIOr to injure me aPs 35:4, 26; 70:2; 71:13 bPs 63:9
[15] IOr desolated aPs 70:3 bPs 35:21; 70:3
[16] aPs 70:4 bPs 35:27
[17] IOr The Lord is mindful aPs 70:5; 86:1; 109:22 bPs 40:5; 1P 5:7


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The benefit of confidence in God.

1 ¶ [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings. 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 the LORD. 4 Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.

[1] Ps 27:13; 37:7; 116:2; 130:2; Dn 9:18; Jm 5:7.
[2] Ps 17:5; 18:16, 36; 27:5; 37:23; 61:2; 69:2, 14; 71:20; 86:13; 116:3; 119:133; 142:6; 143:3; Is 24:22; Jr 38:6; Lm 3:53; Jna 2:5; Zc 9:11; Mt 7:24; 13:50; Ac 2:24, 27.
[3] Ps 33:3; 34:1; 35:27; 52:6; 64:9; 103:1; 142:7; 144:9; Is 12:1; Ho 3:5; Ac 2:31; 4:4; Rv 5:9; 14:3.
[4] Ps 2:12; 15:4; 34:8; 84:11; 101:3; 118:8; 119:21; 125:5; Is 44:18; Jr 10:14; 17:7; Jna 2:8; Ro 15:12; 2Th 2:9.
[5] Ex 11:8; 15:11; Jb 5:9; 9:10; 26:14; 37:19; Ps 71:15; 92:5; 136:4; 139:6, 17; Is 55:8; Jr 29:11.

Obedience is the best sacrifice.

6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me, 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. 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 congregation.

[6] Ex 21:6; 1S 15:22; Jb 33:16; Ps 50:8; 51:16; Is 1:11; 50:4; 66:3; Jr 7:21; Ho 6:6; Mt 9:13; 12:7; He 10:5.
[7] Gn 3:15; Lk 24:27, 44; Jn 5:39; Ac 10:43; 1Co 15:3; He 10:7; 1P 1:10; Rv 19:10.
[8] Jb 23:12; Ps 37:30; 112:1; 119:16, 24, 47, 92; Pv 3:1; Jr 15:16; 31:33; Jn 4:34; Ro 7:22; 8:29; 2Co 3:3.
[9] Ps 22:22, 25; 35:18; 71:15; 119:13, 171; 139:2; Mk 16:15; Lk 4:16; Jn 21:17; He 2:12.
[10] Ps 25:10; 34:6; Is 49:6; Ezk 2:7; 3:17; Mi 7:20; Lk 2:30; 3:6; Jn 1:17; 3:16; Ac 13:32; 20:20, 26; Ro 1:16; 3:22; 10:3, 9; 15:8; Php 3:9; 1Th 1:8; 1Ti 1:15; Rv 22:17.

The sense of David's evils inflameth his prayer.

11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. 14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. 15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. 16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. 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.

[11] Ps 23:6; 43:3; 57:3; 61:7; 69:13, 16; 85:10; He 5:7.
[12] Gn 42:28; Ps 19:12; 22:11; 38:4; 69:4; 73:26; Is 53:6; Lk 18:13; 21:26; He 4:15; 1P 3:18.
[13] Ps 25:17; 38:22; 70:1; Mt 26:36.
[14] Ps 9:3; 31:17; 35:4, 26; 70:2; 71:13; Is 41:11; 45:24; Mt 21:38; Jn 18:6; Ac 9:4; 12:23.
[15] Ps 35:21, 25; 69:24; 70:3; 73:19; 109:6; Lk 19:43; 21:23.
[16] Ps 22:26; 35:27; 68:3; 105:3; 119:81, 111, 123, 166; Is 65:13; Mt 13:45; Lk 1:46; Ac 19:17; Php 3:7.
[17] Ps 34:6; 40:5; 54:4; 69:33; 70:5; 143:7; Is 41:17; 50:7; Mt 8:20; 2Co 8:9; He 13:6; Jm 2:5; 1P 2:23; 5:7; Rv 22:20.


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