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For the Leader. A Song of David.
I waited patiently for the LORD, and he stooped towards me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud of the swamp; He set my feet on a rock, he made firm my steps. And he put a new song into my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many shall look on in awe and trust in the LORD.

Happy the man who makes the LORD his trust; who turns not to idolatry, or to those who stray after falsehoods. How numerous have you made, O LORD, my God, your wondrous deeds! And in your plans for me there is none to equal you; Should I wish to declare or to count them, they are more than can be numbered.

Sacrifice or oblation you wished not but ears open to obedience you gave me. Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not; then I said, "Behold I come; in the written scroll it is prescribed for me. To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is deep within my heart!"

I announced your justice in the vast assembly; I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know. Your justice I have not kept hid within my heart; your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of. I have made no secret of your lovingkindness and your truth in the vast assembly.

Withhold not, O LORD, your compassion from me; let your lovingkindness and your truth ever preserve me. For all around me are evils beyond reckoning; My sins so overcome me that I cannot see; They are more numerous than the hairs on my head, and my heart fails me.

Be Pleased, O LORD, to rescue me; O LORD, make haste to help me. Let all be put to shame and confusion who seek to destroy my soul. Let them be turned back in disgrace who wish me evil. Let them be dismayed in their shame who say to me,

Aha, aha!"

But may all who seek You exalt and be glad in You, And may all who love Your salvation say ever, "The LORD be magnified!" Though I am afflicted and poor, yet the LORD thinks of me. You are my help and my deliverer,

O my God, hold not back!

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