Sunday, February 13, 2011


1 I waited and waited for the Lord; then He bent over to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up from a destructive pit, from the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, steadying my steps.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a praise to our God -- Many shall see it and revere and trust the Lord.
4 Blessings the man enjoys who makes the Lord his trust, and does not turn to those defiant, lying apostates.
5 You have made numerous, O Lord my God, Your wonders and Your thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with You; were I to declare and tell them, they are too many to be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and offering You have not desired; a responsive ear You have prepared for me; burnt-offering and sin-offering You have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the volume of the Book it is written of me.”
8 I delight to do Your will, my God -- Your law is deep within my heart.
9 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; see, my lips I will not close; O Lord, you know this.
10 Your righteousness I have not hid in my heart; Your faithfulness and Your salvation I have proclaimed; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.
11 You, O Lord, will not withhold Your mercies from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth shall continually preserve me.
12 For evils* without number have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, even beyond my discerning; they are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart has failed me.
13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!
14 Let them** be ashamed and confounded together, who seek my soul to destroy it. Let those be turned back and put to shame who desire my hurt.
15 Let them be confounded as a reward for their shame; they who say to me, “Aha, aha!”
16 Let all those seeking You rejoice and be glad in You; let those who love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”
17 Though I am poor and needy, the Lord thinks of me; You are my help and my deliverer. O my God, delay not.

* My own disobedient desires that spring from inappropriate self-will and self-love

** Both the above and the evil one and the fallen angels