Repentance and the Deliverer

The Repentance of King David

Psalm 38

Do Not Forsake Me, O LORD

A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.

 1O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
   nor discipline me in your wrath!
2For your arrows have sunk into me,
   and your hand has come down on me.

 3There is no soundness in my flesh
   because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones
   because of my sin.
4For my iniquities have gone over my head;
   like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

 5My wounds stink and fester
   because of my foolishness,
6I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
   all the day I go about mourning.
7For my sides are filled with burning,
   and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8I am feeble and crushed;
   I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

 9O Lord, all my longing is before you;
   my sighing is not hidden from you.
10My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
   and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
   and my nearest kin stand far off.

 12Those who seek my life lay their snares;
   those who seek my hurt speak of ruin
   and meditate treachery all day long.

 13But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
   like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14I have become like a man who does not hear,
   and in whose mouth are no rebukes.

 15But for you, O LORD, do I wait;
   it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me,
   who boast against me when my foot slips!”

 17For I am ready to fall,
   and my pain is ever before me.
18I confess my iniquity;
   I am sorry for my sin.
19But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
   and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20Those who render me evil for good
   accuse me because I follow after good.

 21Do not forsake me, O LORD!
   O my God, be not far from me!
22 Make haste to help me,
   O Lord, my salvation!

The Deliverer is the Lord

Psalm 40

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

 1I waited patiently for the LORD;
   he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
   out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
   making my steps secure.
3He put a new song in my mouth,
   a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
   and put their trust in the LORD.

 4Blessed is the man who makes
   the LORD his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
   to those who go astray after a lie!
5You have multiplied, O LORD my God,
   your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
   none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
   yet they are more than can be told.

 6In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
   but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
   you have not required.
7Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
   in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
8I delight to do your will, O my God;
   your law is within my heart.”

 9I have told the glad news of deliverance
   in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
   as you know, O LORD.
10I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
   I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   from the great congregation.

 11As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain
   your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
   ever preserve me!
12For evils have encompassed me
   beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
   and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
   my heart fails me.

 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me!
   O LORD, make haste to help me!
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
   who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be  turned back and brought to dishonor
   who delight in my hurt!
15Let those be appalled because of their shame
   who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

 16But may all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
   say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
17As for me, I am poor and needy,
   but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
   do not delay, O my God!

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