To Him that Excelleth. A Psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined
unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me also out of the horrible pit,
out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon the rock,
and ordered my goings.
3 And he hath put in my mouth a new song of
praise unto our God: many shall see it and fear, and
shall trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is the man that maketh the Lord his
trust, and regardeth not the proud, nor such as turn
aside to lies.
5 O Lord my God, thou hast made thy wonderful
works so many, that none can count in order to thee
thy thoughts toward us: I would declare and speak
of them, but they are more than I am able to express.
6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire:
(for mine ears hast thou prepared) burnt offering
and sin offering hast thou not required.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come: for in the roll of the
book it is written of me.
8 I desired to do thy good will, O my God: yea,
thy Law is within mine heart.
9 I have declared thy righteousness in the great
congregation: lo, I will not refrain my lips: O Lord,
10 I have not hid thy righteousness within mine
heart, but I have declared thy truth and thy salvation:
I have not concealed thy mercy, and thy truth
from the great Congregation.
11 Withdraw not thou thy tender mercy from me, O
Lord, let thy mercy and thy truth always preserve me.
12 For innumerable troubles have compassed me:
my sins have taken such hold upon me, that I am
not able to look up: yea, they are more in number
than the hairs of mine head: therefore mine heart
hath failed me.
13 Let it please thee, O Lord, to deliver me: make
haste, O Lord, to help me.
14 Let them be confounded and put to shame together,
that seek my soul to destroy it: let them be driven
backward and put to rebuke that desire mine hurt.
15 Let them be destroyed for a reward of their
shame, which say unto me, Aha, aha.
16 Let all them that seek thee, rejoice and be glad
in thee, and let them that love thy salvation, say
always, The Lord be praised.
17 Though I be poor and needy, the Lord thinketh
on me: thou art mine helper and my deliverer: my
God, make no tarrying.