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.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 40

Psalm 40

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

I was patient while I waited for the Lord.
    He turned to me and heard my cry for help.
I was sliding down into the pit of death, and he pulled me out.
    He brought me up out of the mud and dirt.
He set my feet on a rock.
    He gave me a firm place to stand on.
He gave me a new song to sing.
    It is a hymn of praise to our God.
Many people will see and have respect for the Lord.
    They will put their trust in him.

Blessed is the person
    who trusts in the Lord.
They don’t trust in proud people.
    Those proud people worship statues of gods.
Lord my God,
    no one can compare with you.
You have done many wonderful things.
    You have planned to do these things for us.
There are too many of them
    for me to talk about.

You didn’t want sacrifices and offerings.
    You didn’t require burnt offerings and sin offerings.
    You opened my ears so that I could hear you and obey you.
Then I said, “Here I am.
    It is written about me in the book.
My God, I have come to do what you want.
    Your law is in my heart.”

I have told the whole community of those who worship you.
    I have told them what you have done to save me.
Lord, you know
    that I haven’t kept quiet.
10 I haven’t kept to myself that what you did for me was right.
    I have spoken about how faithful you were when you saved me.
I haven’t hidden your love and your faithfulness
    from the whole community.

11 Lord, don’t hold back your mercy from me.
    May your love and faithfulness always keep me safe.
12 There are more troubles all around me than I can count.
    My sins have caught up with me, and I can’t see any longer.
My sins are more than the hairs of my head.
    I have lost all hope.

13 Lord, please save me.
    Lord, come quickly to help me.
14 Let all those who are trying to kill me be put to shame.
    Let them lose their way.
Let all those who want to destroy me
    be turned back in shame.
15 Some people make fun of me.
    Let them be shocked when their plans fail.
16 But let all those who seek you
    be joyful and glad because of what you have done.
Let those who count on you to save them always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

17 But I am poor and needy.
    May the Lord be concerned about me.
You are the God who helps me and saves me.
    You are my God, so don’t wait any longer.