Psalm 40-45 New International Version

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Praise for Deliverance

40 [1]I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lordand put their trust in him. 4  Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.[2] 5  Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

6  Sacrifice and offering you did not desire- but my ears you have opened[3] - burnt offerings and sin offerings[4] you did not require. 7  Then I said, "Here I am, I have come- it is written about me in the scroll.[5] 8  I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart." 9  I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. 10  I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.

11  Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. 12  For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13  Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me. 14  May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15  May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" be appalled at their own shame. 16  But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, "The Lord is great!" 17  But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.

A Prayer for Healing

41 [6]Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. 2  The Lord protects and preserves them- they are counted among the blessed in the land- he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. 3  The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. 4  I said, "Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you."

5  My enemies say of me in malice, "When will he die and his name perish?" 6  When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around. 7  All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying, 8  "A vile disease has afflicted him; he will never get up from the place where he lies." 9  Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned[7] against me. 10  But may you have mercy on me, Lord; raise me up, that I may repay them. 11  I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. 12  Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. 13  Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

Thirsting for God

42 [8][9][10]As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" 4  These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One[11]with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. 5  Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

6  My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon-from Mount Mizar. 7  Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. 8  By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me- a prayer to the God of my life. 9  I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?" 10  My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, "Where is your God?" 11  Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

A Prayer for Vindication and Deliverance

43 [12]Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. 2  You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? 3  Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. 4  Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. 5  Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Former Deliverances and Present Troubles

44 [13][14]We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. 2  With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. 3  It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. 4  You are my King and my God, who decrees[15] victories for Jacob. 5  Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. 6  I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; 7  but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. 8  In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.[16]

9  But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies. 10  You made us retreat before the enemy, and our adversaries have plundered us. 11  You gave us up to be devoured like sheep and have scattered us among the nations. 12  You sold your people for a pittance, gaining nothing from their sale. 13  You have made us a reproach to our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us. 14  You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us. 15  I live in disgrace all day long, and my face is covered with shame 16  at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me, because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17  All this came upon us, though we had not forgotten you; we had not been false to your covenant. 18  Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path. 19  But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals; you covered us over with deep darkness. 20  If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21  would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart? 22  Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. 23  Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. 24  Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? 25  We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground. 26  Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.

A Song for the King's Marriage

45 [17][18]My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 2  You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. 3  Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. 4  In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. 5  Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.

6  Your throne, O God,[19] will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7  You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. 8  All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. 9  Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10  Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father's house. 11  Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. 12  The city of Tyre will come with a gift,[20]people of wealth will seek your favor. 13  All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. 14  In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her- those brought to be with her. 15  Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king. 16  Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land. 17  I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

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Footnotes

[1] 40:1 In Hebrew texts 40:1-17 is numbered 40:2-18.

[2] 40:4 Or "to lies"

[3] 40:6 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts "but a body you have prepared for me"

[4] 40:6 Or "purification offerings"

[5] 40:7 Or "come" / "with the scroll written for me"

[6] 41:1 In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.

[7] 41:9 Hebrew "has lifted up his heel"

[8] 42:1 In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.

[9] 42:1 In Hebrew texts 42:1-11 is numbered 42:2-12.

[10] 42:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[11] 42:4 See Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.

[12] 43:1 In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.

[13] 44:1 In Hebrew texts 44:1-26 is numbered 44:2-27.

[14] 44:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[15] 44:4 Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew "King, O God;" / "command"

[16] 44:8 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

[17] 45:1 In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.

[18] 45:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[19] 45:6 Here the king is addressed as God's representative.

[20] 45:12 Or "A Tyrian robe is among the gifts"

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