Praise for Deliverance
40 1 I waited patiently for Yahweh.
He turned to me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit,
out of the miry clay.
He set my feet on a rock,
and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God.
Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in Yahweh. 4 Blessed is the man who makes Yahweh his trust,
and doesn’t respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, Yahweh, my God, are the wonderful works which you have done,
and your thoughts which are toward us.
They can’t be declared back to you.
If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and offering you didn’t desire.
You have opened my ears.
You have not required burnt offering and sin offering. 7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come.
It is written about me in the book in the scroll. 8 I delight to do your will, my God.
Yes, your law is within my heart.” 9 I have proclaimed glad news of righteousness in the great assembly.
Behold, I will not seal my lips, Yahweh, you know. 10 I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart.
I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation.
I have not concealed your loving kindness and your truth from the great assembly.
11 Don’t withhold your tender mercies from me, Yahweh.
Let your loving kindness and your truth continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me.
My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up.
They are more than the hairs of my head.
My heart has failed me. 13 Be pleased, Yahweh, to deliver me.
Hurry to help me, Yahweh. 14 Let them be disappointed and confounded together who seek after my soul to destroy it.
Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt. 15 Let them be desolate by reason of their shame that tell me, “Aha! Aha!” 16 Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
Let such as love your salvation say continually, “Let Yahweh be exalted!” 17 But I am poor and needy.
May the Lord think about me.
You are my help and my deliverer.
Don’t delay, my God.
A Prayer for Healing
41 1 Blessed is he who considers the poor.
Yahweh will deliver him in the day of evil. 2 Yahweh will preserve him, and keep him alive.
He shall be blessed on the earth,
and he will not surrender him to the will of his enemies. 3 Yahweh will sustain him on his sickbed,
and restore him from his bed of illness. 4 I said, “Yahweh, have mercy on me!
Heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies speak evil against me:
“When will he die, and his name perish?” 6 If he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood.
His heart gathers iniquity to itself.
When he goes abroad, he tells it. 7 All who hate me whisper together against me.
They imagine the worst for me. 8 “An evil disease,” they say, “has afflicted him.
Now that he lies he shall rise up no more.” 9 Yes, my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted,
who ate bread with me,
has lifted up his heel against me. 10 But you, Yahweh, have mercy on me, and raise me up,
that I may repay them. 11 By this I know that you delight in me,
because my enemy doesn’t triumph over me. 12 As for me, you uphold me in my integrity,
and set me in your presence forever. 13 Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel,
from everlasting and to everlasting!
Amen and amen.
Thirsting for God
42 1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
so my soul pants after you, God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night,
while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember, and pour out my soul within me,
how I used to go with the crowd, and led them to the house of God,
with the voice of joy and praise, a multitude keeping a holy day. 5 Why are you in despair, my soul?
Why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God!
For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.
6 My God, my soul is in despair within me.
Therefore I remember you from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon, from the hill Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterfalls.
All your waves and your billows have swept over me. 8 Yahweh will command his loving kindness in the daytime.
In the night his song shall be with me:
a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I will ask God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a sword in my bones, my adversaries reproach me,
while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you in despair, my soul?
Why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God! For I shall still praise him,
the saving help of my countenance, and my God.
A Prayer for Vindication and Deliverance
43 1 Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation.
Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men. 2 For you are the God of my strength. Why have you rejected me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3 Oh, send out your light and your truth.
Let them lead me.
Let them bring me to your holy hill,
To your tents. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my exceeding joy.
I will praise you on the harp, God, my God. 5 Why are you in despair, my soul?
Why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God!
For I shall still praise him:
my Savior, my helper, and my God.
Former Deliverances and Present Troubles
44 1 We have heard with our ears, God;
our fathers have told us,
what work you did in their days,
in the days of old. 2 You drove out the nations with your hand,
but you planted them.
You afflicted the peoples,
but you spread them abroad. 3 For they didn’t get the land in possession by their own sword,
neither did their own arm save them;
but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your face,
because you were favorable to them. 4 You are my King, God.
Command victories for Jacob! 5 Through you, will we push down our adversaries.
Through your name, will we tread them under who rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow,
neither shall my sword save me. 7 But you have saved us from our adversaries,
and have shamed those who hate us. 8 In God we have made our boast all day long,
we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah.
9 But now you rejected us, and brought us to dishonor,
and don’t go out with our armies. 10 You make us turn back from the adversary.
Those who hate us take spoil for themselves. 11 You have made us like sheep for food,
and have scattered us among the nations. 12 You sell your people for nothing,
and have gained nothing from their sale. 13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
a scoffing and a derision to those who are around us. 14 You make us a byword among the nations,
a shaking of the head among the peoples. 15 All day long my dishonor is before me,
and shame covers my face, 16 At the taunt of one who reproaches and verbally abuses,
because of the enemy and the avenger.
17 All this has come on us,
yet have we not forgotten you,
Neither have we been false to your covenant. 18 Our heart has not turned back,
neither have our steps strayed from your path, 19 Though you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals,
and covered us with the shadow of death. 20 If we have forgotten the name of our God,
or spread forth our hands to a strange god; 21 won’t God search this out?
For he knows the secrets of the heart. 22 Yes, for your sake we are killed all day long.
We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter. 23 Wake up!
Why do you sleep, Lord?
Don’t reject us forever. 24 Why do you hide your face,
and forget our affliction and our oppression? 25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust.
Our body cleaves to the earth. 26 Rise up to help us.
Redeem us for your loving kindness’ sake.
A Song for the King's Marriage
45 1 My heart overflows with a noble theme.
I recite my verses for the king.
My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer. 2 You are the most excellent of the sons of men.
Grace has anointed your lips,
therefore God has blessed you forever. 3 Gird your sword on your thigh, mighty one:
your splendor and your majesty. 4 In your majesty ride on victoriously on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness.
Let your right hand display awesome deeds. 5 Your arrows are sharp.
The nations fall under you, with arrows in the heart of the king’s enemies.
6 Your throne, God, is forever and ever.
A scepter of equity is the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You have loved righteousness, and hated wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows. 8 All your garments smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made you glad. 9 Kings’ daughters are among your honorable women.
At your right hand the queen stands in gold of Ophir.
10 Listen, daughter, consider, and turn your ear.
Forget your own people, and also your father’s house. 11 So the king will desire your beauty,
honor him, for he is your lord. 12 The daughter of Tyre comes with a gift.
The rich among the people entreat your favor. 13 The princess inside is all glorious.
Her clothing is interwoven with gold. 14 She shall be led to the king in embroidered work.
The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to you. 15 With gladness and rejoicing they shall be led.
They shall enter into the king’s palace. 16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers.
You shall make them princes in all the earth. 17 I will make your name to be remembered in all generations.
Therefore the peoples shall give you thanks forever and ever.