Read Psalm 40:1-11
I waited patiently for the Lord’s help;
then he listened to me and heard my cry.
2He pulled me out of a dangerous pit,
out of the deadly quicksand.
He set me safely on a rock
and made me secure.
3He taught me to sing a new song,
a song of praise to our God.
Many who see this will take warning
and will put their trust in the Lord.
4Happy are those who trust the Lord,
who do not turn to idols
or join those who worship false gods.
5You have done many things for us, O Lord our God;
there is no one like you!
You have made many wonderful plans for us.
I could never speak of them all—
their number is so great!
6You do not want sacrifices and offerings;
you do not ask for animals burnt whole on the altar
or for sacrifices to take away sins.
Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,
7and so I answered, “Here I am;
your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.p
8How I love to do your will, my God!
I keep your teaching in my heart.”
9In the assembly of all your people, Lord,
I told the good news that you save us.
You know that I will never stop telling it.
10I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;
I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.
In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent
about your loyalty and constant love.
11Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.
Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.
Verse 11 really stands out:
Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me. Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.
Lord, help me to know that you will never stop being merciful to me - I sometimes wonder if you will run out of patience. But it is your nature always to have mercy, and on that I depend.
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