A Great Read for This Morning

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Here’s a great chapter of the Bible to read this morning. It’s filled so many juicy bits of inspiration and instruction. I especially love all of the verses of praise toward God for all He’s done.

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.

I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

(Psalm 40:1-17 KJV)

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I patiently waited, [Lord],
for you to hear my prayer.
You listened and pulled me
from a lonely pit
full of mud and mire.

You let me stand on a rock
with my feet firm,
and you gave me a new song,
a song of praise to you.
Many will see this,
and they will honor and trust
you, the [Lord] God.

You bless all of those
who trust you, [Lord],
and refuse to worship idols
or follow false gods.

You, [Lord] God, have done
many wonderful things,
and you have planned
marvelous things for us.
No one is like you!

I would never be able to tell
all you have done.

Sacrifices and offerings
are not what please you;
gifts and payment for sin
are not what you demand.
But you made me willing
to listen and obey.

And so, I said, “I am here
to do what is written
about me in the book,
where it says,
‘I enjoy pleasing you.
Your Law is in my heart.’ ”

When your people worshiped,
you know I told them,
“Our [Lord] always helps!”
When all your people met,
I did not keep silent.

I said, “Our [Lord] is kind.
He is faithful and caring,
and he saves us.”

You, [Lord], never fail
to have pity on me;
your love and faithfulness
always keep me secure.

I have more troubles
than I can count.
My sins are all around me,
and I can’t find my way.
My sins outnumber
the hairs on my head,
and I feel weak.

Please show that you care
and come to my rescue.
Hurry and help me!

Disgrace and confuse
all who want me dead;
turn away and disgrace
all who want to hurt me.

Embarrass and shame
everyone who says,
“Just look at you now!”

Our [Lord], let your worshipers
rejoice and be glad.

They love you for saving them,
so let them always say,
“The [Lord] is wonderful!”
I am poor and needy,
but, [Lord] God,
you care about me,
and you come to my rescue.

Please hurry and help.

(PSALMS 40:1-17 CEV)

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