Thursday, October 16, 2008

How Long?

Psalm 40

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.
Blessed is the man
who makes the LORD his trust,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.
...
Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.
For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
Be pleased, O LORD, to save me;
O LORD, come quickly to help me.
...
But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
"The LORD be exalted!"
Yet I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay.

3 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

Thanks for sharing this great psalm Stephanie!

That first verse says it all.. if I have learned anything in these difficult seasons it is that waiting on the Lord develops patience.. and that patience may not change my situation but eventually will change my attitude.

Blessings, Bob

LLH said...

Did you know that U2 did a song called "40" that uses the words of that psalm...many, many years ago (like in the 80's)? Its beautiful, one of my favorites

stephanie said...

llh - I did know that, and it's such a great song. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you come by again soon.