Psalm 40

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

I u waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and v heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from w the pit of destruction,
out of x the miry bog,
and y set my feet upon a rock,
z making my steps secure.
3 He put a a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will b see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.

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

6 h In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open i ear. 1
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
7 Then I said, "Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written j of me:
8 k I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is l within my heart."

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance 2
in m the great congregation;
behold, I have not n restrained my lips,
o 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 p steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
12 For evils have q encompassed me
beyond number;
my r iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot s see;
they are t more than the hairs of my head;
my heart u fails me.

13 v Be pleased, O Lord, to w deliver me!
O Lord, x make haste to help me!
14 y Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be z turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
who a say to me, "Aha, Aha!"

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

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 27:14
    Wait for the Lord ; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
    Psalms 37:7
    Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 39:12
    Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 38:6
    So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king's son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 69:2
    I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.
    Psalms 69:14
    Deliver me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 27:5
    For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 37:23
    The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 33:3
    Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 52:6
    The righteous shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, saying.
    Psalms 64:8 - 9
    They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them; all who see them will wag their heads.
    Deuteronomy 13:11
    And all Israel shall hear and fear and never again do any such wickedness as this among you.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 2:12
    Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 101:3
    I will not set before my eyes anything that is ...
    Psalms 125:5
    But those who turn aside to their crooked ways ...
    Leviticus 19:4
    Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any...
    Deuteronomy 29:18
    Beware lest there be among you a man or woman o...
    Job 23:11
    My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept...
    Hosea 3:1
    And the Lord said to me, "Go again, love a woma...
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 9:1
    I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
    Exodus 15:11
    Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 92:5
    How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!
    Psalms 139:17
    How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
    Isaiah 55:8
    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 71:15
    My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.
    Psalms 139:18
    If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 51:16
    For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
    1 Samuel 15:22
    And Samuel said, "Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
    Hebrews 10:5 - 7
    Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me.
    Proverbs 21:3
    To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
  15. Cross References
    Job 33:16
    Then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings.
  16. Cross References
    Luke 24:44
    Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 119:16
    I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
    Psalms 119:24
    Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
    Psalms 119:35
    Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
    Psalms 119:92
    If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
    John 4:34
    Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 37:31
    The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 22:25
    From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 119:13
    With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.
    Acts 20:20
    How I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house.
    Acts 20:27
    For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
  21. Cross References
    Joshua 22:22
    The Mighty One, God, the Lord! The Mighty One, God, the Lord! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith against the Lord, do not spare us today
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 57:3
    He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
    Psalms 61:7
    May he be enthroned forever before God; appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!
    Proverbs 20:28
    Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
    Psalms 36:5
    Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 116:3
    The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 38:4
    For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
  25. Cross References
    Psalms 38:10
    My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes - it also has gone from me.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 69:4
    More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore?
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 73:26
    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 40:13 - 17
    Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!
    Psalms 70:1 - 5
    Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!
  29. Cross References
    Psalms 22:20
    Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!
  30. Cross References
    Psalms 22:19
    But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
    Psalms 38:22
    Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
    Psalms 71:12
    O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me!
    Psalms 141:1
    O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
  31. Cross References
    Psalms 35:4
    Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!
    Psalms 35:26
    Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me!
    Psalms 71:13
    May my accusers be put to shame and consumed; with scorn and disgrace may they be covered who seek my hurt.
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 6:10
    All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
  33. Cross References
    Psalms 35:21
    They open wide their mouths against me; they say, "Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!
    Psalms 35:25
    Let them not say in their hearts, "Aha, our heart's desire!" Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up.
    Psalms 70:3
    Let them turn back because of their shame who say, "Aha, Aha!
  34. Cross References
    Psalms 35:27
    Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, "Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!
  35. Cross References
    Psalms 86:1
    Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
    Psalms 109:22
    For I am poor and needy, and my heart is stricken within me.
  36. Cross References
    1 Peter 5:7
    Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
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