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      This morning, I was reading Psalm 40, and I was reminded of this song from U2 – one of my all time favorite bands.  The song and Psalm seem to fit in so well with my own life, but also with what is going on as I type this post.  8 of 33 Chilean miners have been rescued so far after being locked in a mine a half mile below the earth’s surface for over two months.  As I watch the CNN report, I cannot help but be inspired by the faces of the miners as they emerge from the depths of the earth.  I also am inspired by the efforts of the rescue team to stay at it for so long to save these miners.

      1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
      he turned to me and heard my cry.

      2 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.

      3 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.

      4 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.

      5 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.

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

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

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

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

      10 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.

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

      12 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.

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

      14 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.

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

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

      17 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.