Jun 19, 2006

40 days

It's been
40 days.


40.

"A season of seeking the Lord. "

"A period of denial to find favor."
"A time of growth and change."

40.

I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.

Blessed is the man who makes
the LORD his trust,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn
aside to false gods.

Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but my ears you have pierced,;
burnt offerings and sin offerings
you did not require.

Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.

I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."

I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips,
as you know, O LORD.

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.

Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.

For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.

Be pleased, O LORD, to save me;
O LORD, come quickly to help me.

May all who seek to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.

May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"
be appalled at their own shame.

But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
"The LORD be exalted!"

Yet I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay.

(Psalm 40, For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.)


Now...

where to begin?

7 comments:

Len said...

Good to see you and looking forward to reading more.

Katie said...

welcome back you have been MISSED

start at the beginning, or the middle, or the end - we'll figure it out and get on board

P.S. I so needed to read this psalm today, funny how something we see over and over again can still quench a thirst

Friar Tuck said...

almost like a blog rap scripture reading

kaitie t. said...

missed you....even though I see you every sunday...i thought you were never going to blog again!

Tony Myles said...

Heh... many people read my intermission post and found it sound, well... scary.

Maybe it is... was... or still is.

But here I am, messy Christian and all.

Thanks for your compassionate encouragement and prayers, everyone.

momma, poppa & THE boy said...

Yay! I'm glad your back!
Lisa

Casey said...

Yay!! You're back! So happy to have some quality reading back in the blog-o-sphere!