My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

40 I (A)waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and (B)heard my cry.
He drew me up from (C)the pit of destruction,
    out of (D)the miry bog,
and (E)set my feet upon a rock,
    (F)making my steps secure.
He put (G)a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will (H)see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who (I)makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who (J)go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your (K)wondrous deeds and your (L)thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are (M)more than can be told.

(N)In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open (O)ear.[a]
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written (P)of me:
(Q)I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is (R)within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance[b]
    in (S)the great congregation;
behold, I have not (T)restrained my lips,
    (U)as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
    your mercy from me;
your (V)steadfast love and your faithfulness will
    ever preserve me!
12 For evils have (W)encompassed me
    beyond number;
my (X)iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot (Y)see;
they are (Z)more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart (AA)fails me.

13 (AB)Be pleased, O Lord, to (AC)deliver me!
    O Lord, (AD)make haste to help me!
14 (AE)Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be (AF)turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
    who (AG)say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
    (AH)say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am (AI)poor and needy,
    but (AJ)the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!

O Lord, Be Gracious to Me

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

41 (AK)Blessed is the one who considers the poor![c]
    (AL)In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you (AM)do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.[d]

As for me, I said, “O Lord, (AN)be gracious to me;
    (AO)heal me,[e] for I have sinned against you!”
My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die, and his name perish?”
And when one comes to see me, (AP)he utters empty words,
    while his heart gathers iniquity;
    when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
    they imagine the worst for me.[f]

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out[g] on him;
    he will not rise again from where he lies.”
Even my (AQ)close friend in whom I trusted,
    who (AR)ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
    and raise me up, that I may repay them!

11 By this I know that (AS)you delight in me:
    my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12 But (AT)you have upheld me because of (AU)my integrity,
    and (AV)set me in your presence (AW)forever.

13 (AX)Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

Book Two

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

To the choirmaster. A Maskil[h] of (AY)the Sons of Korah.

42 (AZ)As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
(BA)My soul thirsts for God,
    for (BB)the living God.
When shall I come and (BC)appear before God?[i]
(BD)My tears have been my food
    day and night,
(BE)while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
    as I (BF)pour out my soul:
(BG)how I would go (BH)with the throng
    and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
    (BI)a multitude keeping festival.

(BJ)Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you (BK)in turmoil within me?
(BL)Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation[j] and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I (BM)remember you
(BN)from the land of Jordan and of (BO)Hermon,
    from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    at the roar of your waterfalls;
(BP)all your breakers and your (BQ)waves
    have gone over me.
By day the Lord (BR)commands his steadfast love,
    and at (BS)night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, (BT)my rock:
    “Why have you forgotten me?
(BU)Why do I go mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
    my adversaries taunt me,
(BV)while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 (BW)Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew ears you have dug for me
  2. Psalm 40:9 Hebrew righteousness; also verse 10
  3. Psalm 41:1 Or weak
  4. Psalm 41:3 Hebrew you turn all his bed
  5. Psalm 41:4 Hebrew my soul
  6. Psalm 41:7 Or they devise evil against me
  7. Psalm 41:8 Or has fastened
  8. Psalm 42:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  9. Psalm 42:2 Revocalization yields and see the face of God
  10. Psalm 42:5 Hebrew the salvation of my face; also verse 11 and 43:5

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