1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 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.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many
will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.
4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the
proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
5 Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you
planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and
tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have
opened— burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.
8 I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips,
LORD, as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness
and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
from the great assembly.
1. This song is a prayer for help when troubles abound. It is also a celebration
of God’s mercy in times of need. It begins with praise of
God for his past mercies (vv1-5) and a testimony to the kings’ own
faithfulness to the Lord (vv6-10). The rest of the song is a prayer
2. In your own times of need, when God seems to take too long to
help you, what “false gods” (v4) offer tempting alternative solutions
to you? What happened the last time you relied on one of
3. What in your life feels like a “slimy pit”? (v2) Which helps you
most with present troubles: remembering God’s actions in the past?
Or claiming God’s promises for the future? Why?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen
to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer
in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.