To the chief music-maker. Of David. A
When I was waiting quietly for the Lord, his
heart was turned to me, and he gave ear to my cry.
He took me up out of a deep waste place,
out of the soft and sticky earth; he put my feet on a rock,
and made my steps certain.
And he put a new song in my mouth, even
praise to our God; numbers have seen it with fear, and put
their faith in the Lord.
Happy is the man who has faith in the
Lord, and does not give honour to the men of pride or to
those who are turned away to deceit.
O Lord my God, great are the wonders which
you have done in your thought for us; it is not possible to
put them out in order before you; when I would give an
account of them, their number is greater than I may say.
You had no desire for offerings of beasts
or fruits of the earth; ears you made for me: for burned
offerings and sin offerings you made no request.
Then I said, See, I come; it is recorded
of me in the roll of the book,
My delight is to do your pleasure, O my
God; truly, your law is in my heart.
I have given news of righteousness in the
great meeting; O Lord, you have knowledge that I have not
kept back my words.
Your righteousness has not been folded
away in my heart; I have made clear your true word and your
salvation; I have not kept secret your mercy or your faith
from the great meeting.
Take not away your gentle mercies from
me, O Lord; let your mercy and your faith keep me safe for
For unnumbered evils are round about me; my sins have
overtaken me, so that I am bent down with their weight; they
are more than the hairs of my head, my strength is gone
because of them.
Be pleased, O Lord, to take me out of
danger; O Lord, come quickly and give me help.
Let those who go after my soul for its
destruction have shame and trouble together; let them be
turned back and made foolish who take pleasure in my
Let those who say to me, Aha, aha! be surprised because of
Let all those who are looking for you be
glad and have joy in you; let the lovers of your salvation
ever say, May the Lord be great.
Though I am poor and in need, the Lord
has me in mind; you are my help and my saviour; let there be
no waiting, O my God.