We look at the joy of beloved-ness in psalm 40, reflecting on our own experiences of God's presence

READING

Psalm 40: 1-12

I waited patiently for you, O God; *

you stooped to me and heard my cry.

 

You lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; *

you set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.

 

You put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; *

many shall see, and stand in awe, and put their trust in you.

 

Happy are they who trust in you; *

they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.

 

Great things are they that you have done, O God,

how great your wonders and your plans for us; *

there is none who can be compared with you.

 

Oh, that I could make them known and tell them, *

but they are more than I can count.

 

In sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure *

(you have given me ears to hear you);

 

Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required, *

and so I said, “Behold, I come.

 

In the roll of the book it is written concerning me: *

‘I love to do your will, O my God; your law is deep in my heart.’ ”

 

I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; *

behold, I did not restrain my lips, and that, O God, you know.

 

Your righteousness have I not hidden in my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance; *

I have not concealed your love and faithfulness from the great congregation.

 

You are the Holy One; do not withhold your compassion from me; *

let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever.

 

MUSIC

Amazing Grace, Jimmy Cousins

Here is Love Vast as the Ocean, Abby Scott and Chris Eaton

Gabriel’s Message, Good Shepherd Band

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