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(A psalm by David for the music leader. To the tune “A Deer at Dawn.”)

Suffering and Praise

22 My God, my God, why have you
    deserted me?
    Why are you so far away?
Won’t you listen to my groans
    and come to my rescue?
I cry out day and night,
but you don’t answer,
    and I can never rest.

Yet you are the holy God,
ruling from your throne
    and praised by Israel.
Our ancestors trusted you,
    and you rescued them.
When they cried out for help,
    you saved them,
and you did not let them down
    when they depended on you.

But I am merely a worm,
    far less than human,
    and I am hated and rejected
    by people everywhere.
Everyone who sees me
    makes fun and sneers.
They shake their heads,
    and say,
“Trust the Lord!
If you are his favorite,
    let him protect you
    and keep you safe.”

You, Lord, brought me
    safely through birth,
and you protected me
    when I was a baby
    at my mother’s breast.
10 From the day I was born,
    I have been in your care,
and from the time of my birth,
    you have been my God.

11 Don’t stay far off
    when I am in trouble
    with no one to help me.

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