Psalm 40

Expectans expectavi
I waited patiently for the Lord, *
and he inclined to me, and heard my call.
He brought me out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay; *
he set my feet upon the rock, and secured my footing.
He has put a new song in my mouth, *
a song of thanksgiving unto our God.
Many shall see and fear, *
and shall put their trust in the Lord.
Blessed is the man who has set his hope in the Lord, *
and has not turned to the proud, or to those who go about lying.
O Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which you have done, and also your thoughts toward us; *
there is none who can be compared with you.
If I should declare them and speak of them, *
they would be more than I am able to express.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, *
but my ears you have opened.
Burnt offerings and sin offerings you have not required; *
and so I said, “Behold, I come”;
In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I delight to do your will, O my God; *
indeed, your law is within my heart.
I have declared your righteousness in the great congregation; *
behold, I will not restrain my lips, O Lord, and that you know.
I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart; *
my talk has been of your truth and of your salvation.
I have not concealed your loving mercy and truth *
from the great congregation.
Withdraw not your mercy from me, O Lord; *
let your loving-kindness and your truth always preserve me.
For innumerable troubles have encompassed me; my sins have taken such hold of me that I am not able to look up; *
indeed, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart has utterly failed me.
O Lord, let it be your pleasure to deliver me; *
make haste, O Lord, to help me.
Let them be ashamed and confounded who seek after my soul to destroy it; *
let them be driven backward and rebuked who wish me evil.
Let them be desolate and rewarded with shame *
who say to me, “Aha, Aha.”
Let all those who seek you be joyful and glad in you; *
and let those who love your salvation say always, “The Lord be praised.”
As for me, I am poor and needy, *
but the Lord cares for me.
You are my helper and deliverer; *
do not tarry, O my God.