Psalm 40

Psalm 40

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 40

Psalm 40[a]

    For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

 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 LORD
   and 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.[b]
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[c]
   burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
   it is written about me in the scroll.[e]
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.

About Anne Sikes

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7) Sharing the journey through daily thoughts and struggles, examination of Scripture, poetry, music and art.
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17 Responses to Psalm 40

  1. terry1954 says:

    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. i love this verse you quoted……..

    • Anne Sikes says:

      Me too Terry. This is one of my favorite Psalms, but there are many. I relate to them so well because of periods of depression, and just many deep trials in life…which of course is why so many others love the Psalms too, I think. Today’s not a very good day for me. I’m tired and don’t feel well, and there are burdens weighing on me. But again…I know I’m not alone in that. 🙂 Take care! Blessings, Anne

  2. faithfulnibbles says:

    I cannot read Psalms 40 without thinking of my dear friend who discipled me about 10 years ago. She is still an accountability partner, a prayer warrior and my spiritual sister today. This is her life chapter. Her favorite verse is

    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.

    We read that verse together so many times when God was rebuilding our lives and she was on the mission field in Mexico.

    Thanks Anne for posting.

    • Anne Sikes says:

      She sounds like an awesome friend, Marilyn. That is a wonderful verse…so descriptive of what its like…from the mud and mire to a firm place. Thank you for commenting…hope you had a good day. Love and blessings…Anne

      • faithfulnibbles says:

        She has been an awesome friend. We now live in different cities but we say in touch on FB, email, and an occasional phone call once and a while.

        It has been a blessed but busy day. Received some awesome news on a young 15 year old girl that I have been praying over for several months. God is good! He is healing her!!!

        Love & peace,

  3. Defiantly a great Psalm for the end of days! Thanks for sharing!

  4. arkenaten says:

    Akhenaten’s Hymn To The Aten
    I prefer Akhenaten’s Hymn To The Aten…or you may know it as Psalm 104.:)
    You can compare, if you like 😉

    Akhenaten and members of his family worshipping & making offerings to the Aten
    Image courtesy of:

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