PSALM 40, 14.05.20

STUDY CORNER has been focussing in on diving deeper and utilizing the PSALMS to demonstrate the value of this type of study, encouraging meditation which leads to praying the Scriptures studied. Today’s STUDY TOPIC continues on this theme.

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Based on the above  instructions, proceed to READ, STUDY, MEDITATE on the following: 

PSALM 40:

1 I patiently waited, Lord,

    for you to hear my prayer.

You listened 

2 and pulled me

from a lonely pit

    full of mud and mire.

You let me stand on a rock

    with my feet firm,

and you gave me a new song,

    a song of praise to you.

Many will see this,

and they will honor

    and trust

    you, the Lord God.

You bless all of those

    who trust you, Lord,

    and refuse to worship idols

    or follow false gods.

You, Lord God, have done

    many wonderful things,

and you have planned

    marvelous things for us.

    No one is like you!

I would never be able to tell

    all you have done.

Sacrifices and offerings

    are not what please you;

    gifts and payment for sin

    are not what you demand.

But you made me willing

    to listen and obey.

And so, I said, “I am here

    to do what is written

    about me in the book,

    where it says,

’I enjoy pleasing you.

    Your Law is in my heart.’”

When your people worshiped,

you know I told them,

    “Our Lord always helps!”

10 

When all your people met,

    I did not keep silent.

I said, “Our Lord is kind.

    He is faithful and caring,

    and he saves us.”

11 

You, Lord, never fail

    to have pity on me;

    your love and faithfulness

    always keep me secure.

12 

I have more troubles

    than I can count.

My sins are all around me,

    and I can’t find my way.

My sins outnumber

the hairs on my head,

    and I feel weak.

13 

Please show that you care

and come to my rescue.

    Hurry and help me!

14 

Disappoint and confuse

    all who want me dead;

    turn away and disgrace

    all who want to hurt me.

15 

Embarrass and shame

all of those who say,

    “Just look at you now!”

16 

Our Lord, let your worshipers

    rejoice and be glad.

They love you for saving them,

so let them always say,

    “The Lord is wonderful!”

17 

I am poor and needy,

but, Lord God,

    you care about me,

and you come to my rescue.

    Please hurry and help.

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