Asking for mercy (Ps 40:11-40:13)

“Yahweh!

Do no withhold your mercy from me!

Let your steadfast love,

Let your faithfulness,

Keep me safe forever!

Evils have encompassed me

Without number.

My iniquities have overtaken me,

Until I cannot see.

They are more than the hairs of my head.

My heart fails me.

Be pleased!

Yahweh!

Rescue me!

Yahweh!

Make haste to help me!”

David is asking for Yahweh’s mercy. He wanted Yahweh’s steadfast love and faithfulness to keep him safe forever. The problem was that innumerable evils had surrounded him. His iniquities had overtaken him so that he could not see anymore. There were more problems than hairs on his head. His heart was failing him. He wanted to be rescued as soon as possible.