Rescue Services ii

Oh Lord,
I cry out to you.
Can you not hear me,
do you not want to help me.
I’m waiting,
patiently,
and I cannot see what you are doing.

But then you did.
You answered.
Well, I suppose what I mean is that I noticed your answer.
You’d been there all along,
but I only noticed,
when you did something that I recognised,
what I was expecting.

You reached down to my depths,
the place I was desperately struggling,
where I was stuck,
lonely,
panicking,
despairing;
you lifted me
and set me in a firm place,
a place I can stand again.

You have given me a new song,
a song of where I have been
and what you have done,
a song I can sing
with the voice
and the tune
that you give me.

Yet even with this song,
I will not be able to say enough
all that you have done for me
– I just don’t have those kind of words.
But I will try,
I will sing
as best I can,
of your love,
your faithfulness,
your care,
of you
as the one who rescues me.

Psalm 40:1-11 (CEV)

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

A Prayer for Help

40 I patiently waited, Lord,
    for you to hear my prayer.
You listened and pulled me
from a lonely pit
    full of mud and mire.
You let me stand on a rock
    with my feet firm,
and you gave me a new song,
    a song of praise to you.
Many will see this,
and they will honor
    and trust
    you, the Lord God.

You bless all of those
    who trust you, Lord,
    and refuse to worship idols
    or follow false gods.
You, Lord God, have done
    many wonderful things,
and you have planned
    marvelous things for us.
    No one is like you!
I would never be able to tell
    all you have done.

Sacrifices and offerings
    are not what please you;
    gifts and payment for sin
    are not what you demand.
But you made me willing
    to listen and obey.
And so, I said, “I am here
    to do what is written
    about me in the book,
    where it says,
’I enjoy pleasing you.
    Your Law is in my heart.’”

When your people worshiped,
you know I told them,
    “Our Lord always helps!”
10 When all your people met,
    I did not keep silent.
I said, “Our Lord is kind.
    He is faithful and caring,
    and he saves us.”

11 You, Lord, never fail
    to have pity on me;
    your love and faithfulness
    always keep me secure.

U2 – 40 (what else?!)

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