Patient in hope, I sought the Lord

Patient in hope, I sought the Lord;
he turned to me-my cry was heard!
Raising me from the miry pit,
on solid rock he set my feet.
He turned my cry to newborn song:
from heart and voice God’s praises sprang;
many who see such grace outpoured,
fearing, will turn and trust the Lord.

2. Happy are those who put their trust
in God the Lord—not like the lost,
following leaders blind and proud,
worshipping some pretended god.
How many wonders you have done,
what blessings still for us you plan,
O Lord-my God beyond compare!-
mercies too many to declare.

3. You have desired not sacrifice
but open ears to obey your voice;
‘I come,’ I answered, ‘at your call,
as written of me in the scroll.
I come your purpose to fulfil,
glad, O my God, to do your will;
joyful obedience is my part:
your law is written in my heart.’

4. Now have your gathered people heard
news of your righteousness, O Lord;
I have not failed to tell them of
your saving acts and steadfast love.
LORD, do not hold your mercies back:
so many storm clouds round me break;
my countless faults come crowding in,
my heart is overwhelmed by sin.

5. Be pleased, O Lord, to rescue me
from all who seek my life today;
let all who laugh at my distress
be put to flight in sheer disgrace.
May all whose hope on you is set
constantly say: ‘The Lord is great!’
Poor and in need, to you I pray;
hear, O my God, do not delay.

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