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 (Traditional)

詩篇 40

讚美上帝之歌

大衛的詩,交給樂長。

1我曾耐心等候耶和華,
祂傾聽了我的呼求。
祂把我從絕望的深淵拉出來,
救我脫離泥濘沼澤,
把我安置在磐石上,
使我步履穩健。
祂賜給我一首新歌,
一首讚美我們上帝的詩歌。
許多人看見便敬畏、信靠耶和華。
信靠耶和華的人有福了!
他們不隨從驕傲自大、信靠假神的人。
我的上帝耶和華啊,
你行了許多奇事,
為我們定了許多美好的計劃,
誰能與你相比!
你奇妙的作為不可勝數。
祭物和供品非你所悅,
你開通了我的耳朵,
燔祭和贖罪祭非你所要。
於是我說:
「看啊,我來了,
正如經卷上有關我的記載。
我的上帝啊,
我樂意遵行你的旨意,
我銘記你的律法。」
耶和華啊,你知道我在大會中宣揚你的公義,
沒有閉口不言。
10 我述說你的信實和拯救之恩,
沒有把你的公義隱而不宣,
沒有在大會中避而不談你的慈愛和真理。
11 耶和華啊,
求你不要收回你的憐憫,
願你的慈愛和真理時刻守護我!
12 我患難重重,罪惡纏身,
看不到出路。
我的罪過比我的頭髮還多,
我心驚膽戰。
13 耶和華啊,求你拯救我!
耶和華啊,求你快來幫助我!
14 願謀取我性命的人蒙羞受辱!
願喜歡我被害的人狼狽逃竄!
15 願那些哈哈嘲笑我的人羞愧難當!
16 願所有尋求你的人因你而歡喜快樂!
願渴望蒙你拯救的人時常說:
「耶和華當受尊崇!」
17 我貧窮困苦,
但主眷顧我。
我的上帝啊,
你是我的幫助、我的拯救,
求你不要遲延!