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,

thou knowest.

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.

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