1 «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» I waitedThough God deferred his help, yet he patiently abode till he was heard.patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of anHe has delivered me from great dangers.horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings.
3 And he hath putThat is, a special opportunity to praise him, for God's benefits are so many opportunities for us to praise his Name.a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respectethTo follow their example, which he must do who trusts not only in the Lord.not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5 Many,David goes from one king of God's favour to the contemplation of his providence over all, and confesses that his counsels toward us are far above our capacities, we cannot so much as tell them in order.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.
6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire;You have opened my ears to understand the spiritual meaning of the sacrifices: and here David esteems the ceremonies of the law as nothing in respect to the spiritual service.mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
7 When you had opened my ears and heart, I was ready to obey you, being assured that I was written in the book of your elect for this end.Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me,
8 I desired to doe thy good will, O my God: yea, thy Lawe is within mine heart.
9 I have preached righteousness in theIn the Church assembled in the sanctuary.great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thyDavid here numbers three degrees of our salvation: God's mercy, by which he pities us, his righteousness which signifies his continual protection and his truth, by which appears his constant favour, so that from this our salvation proceeds.faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
11 Withdrawe not thou thy tender mercie from mee, O Lord: let thy mercie and thy trueth alway preserue me.
12 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 heartConcerning the judgment of the flesh, I was utterly destitute of all counsel, yet faith inwardly moved my heart to pray.faileth me.
13 Let it please thee, O Lorde, to deliuer mee: make haste, O Lord, to helpe me.
14 Let them beHe desires that God's mercy may contend for him against the rage of his enemies.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.
15 Let them beLet the same shame and confusion come on them, which they intended to have brought on me.desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.
16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually,As the faithful always praise God for his benefits, so the wicked mocked God's children in their afflictions.The LORD be magnified.
17 Though I be poore and needie, the Lorde thinketh on mee: thou art mine helper and my deliuerer: my God, make no tarying.