The Message

Psalm 40

A David Psalm

11-3 I waited and waited and waited for God.
    At last he looked; finally he listened.
He lifted me out of the ditch,
    pulled me from deep mud.
He stood me up on a solid rock
    to make sure I wouldn’t slip.
He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
    a praise-song to our God.
More and more people are seeing this:
    they enter the mystery,
    abandoning themselves to God.

4-5 Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
    turn your backs on the world’s “sure thing,”
    ignore what the world worships;
The world’s a huge stockpile
    of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
Nothing and no one
    comes close to you!
I start talking about you, telling what I know,
    and quickly run out of words.
Neither numbers nor words
    account for you.

Doing something for you, bringing something to you—
    that’s not what you’re after.
Being religious, acting pious—
    that’s not what you’re asking for.
You’ve opened my ears
    so I can listen.

7-8 So I answered, “I’m coming.
    I read in your letter what you wrote about me,
And I’m coming to the party
    you’re throwing for me.”
That’s when God’s Word entered my life,
    became part of my very being.

9-10 I’ve preached you to the whole congregation,
    I’ve kept back nothing, God—you know that.
I didn’t keep the news of your ways
    a secret, didn’t keep it to myself.
I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough.
    I didn’t hold back pieces of love and truth
For myself alone. I told it all,
    let the congregation know the whole story.

11-12 Now God, don’t hold out on me,
    don’t hold back your passion.
Your love and truth
    are all that keeps me together.
When troubles ganged up on me,
    a mob of sins past counting,
I was so swamped by guilt
    I couldn’t see my way clear.
More guilt in my heart than hair on my head,
    so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out.

13-15 Soften up, God, and intervene;
    hurry and get me some help,
So those who are trying to kidnap my soul
    will be embarrassed and lose face,
So anyone who gets a kick out of making me miserable
    will be heckled and disgraced,
So those who pray for my ruin
    will be booed and jeered without mercy.

16-17 But all who are hunting for you—
    oh, let them sing and be happy.
Let those who know what you’re all about
    tell the world you’re great and not quitting.
And me? I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing:
    make something of me.
You can do it; you’ve got what it takes—
    but God, don’t put it off.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

诗篇 40

赞美上帝之歌

大卫的诗,交给乐长。

1我曾耐心等候耶和华,
祂倾听了我的呼求。
祂把我从绝望的深渊拉出来,
救我脱离泥泞沼泽,
把我安置在磐石上,
使我步履稳健。
祂赐给我一首新歌,
一首赞美我们上帝的诗歌。
许多人看见便敬畏、信靠耶和华。
信靠耶和华的人有福了!
他们不随从骄傲自大、信靠假神的人。
我的上帝耶和华啊,
你行了许多奇事,
为我们定了许多美好的计划,
谁能与你相比!
你奇妙的作为不可胜数。
祭物和供品非你所悦,
你开通了我的耳朵,
燔祭和赎罪祭非你所要。
于是我说:
“看啊,我来了,
正如经卷上有关我的记载。
我的上帝啊,
我乐意遵行你的旨意,
我铭记你的律法。”
耶和华啊,你知道我在大会中宣扬你的公义,
没有闭口不言。
10 我述说你的信实和拯救之恩,
没有把你的公义隐而不宣,
没有在大会中避而不谈你的慈爱和真理。
11 耶和华啊,
求你不要收回你的怜悯,
愿你的慈爱和真理时刻守护我!
12 我患难重重,罪恶缠身,
看不到出路。
我的罪过比我的头发还多,
我心惊胆战。
13 耶和华啊,求你拯救我!
耶和华啊,求你快来帮助我!
14 愿谋取我性命的人蒙羞受辱!
愿喜欢我被害的人狼狈逃窜!
15 愿那些哈哈嘲笑我的人羞愧难当!
16 愿所有寻求你的人因你而欢喜快乐!
愿渴望蒙你拯救的人时常说:
“耶和华当受尊崇!”
17 我贫穷困苦,
但主眷顾我。
我的上帝啊,
你是我的帮助、我的拯救,
求你不要迟延!