For the music director; By David, a psalm.
1I relied completely on the Lord,
and he turned toward me
and heard my cry for help.
2He lifted me out of the watery pit,
out of the slimy mud.
He placed my feet on a rock
and gave me secure footing.
3He gave me reason to sing a new song,
praising our God.
May many see what God has done,
so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord!
4How blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord
and does not seek help from the proud or from liars!
5O Lord, my God, you have accomplished many things;
you have done amazing things and carried out your purposes for us.
No one can thwart you!
I want to declare them and talk about them,
but they are too numerous to recount!
6Receiving sacrifices and offerings are not your primary concern.
You make that quite clear to me!
You do not ask for burnt sacrifices and sin offerings.
7Then I say,
“Look! I come!
What is written in the scroll pertains to me.
8I want to do what pleases you, my God.
Your law dominates my thoughts.”
9I have told the great assembly about your justice.
Look! I spare no words!
O Lord, you know this is true.
10I have not failed to tell about your justice;
I spoke about your reliability and deliverance;
I have not neglected to tell the great assembly about your loyal love and faithfulness.
11O Lord, you do not withhold your compassion from me.
May your loyal love and faithfulness continually protect me!
12For innumerable dangers surround me.
My sins overtake me
so I am unable to see;
they outnumber the hairs of my head
so my strength fails me.
13Please be willing, O Lord, to rescue me!
O Lord, hurry and help me!
14May those who are trying to snatch away my life
be totally embarrassed and ashamed!
May those who want to harm me
be turned back and ashamed!
15May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
be humiliated and disgraced!
16May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you!
May those who love to experience your deliverance say continually,
“May the Lord be praised!”
17I am oppressed and needy!
May the Lord pay attention to me!
You are my helper and my deliverer!
O my God, do not delay!