(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? 2 I cry out day and night, but you don’t answer, and I can never rest.
3 Yet you are the holy God, ruling from your throne and praised by Israel. 4 Our ancestors trusted you, and you rescued them. 5 When they cried out for help, you saved them, and you did not let them down when they depended on you.
6 But I am merely a worm, far less than human, and I am hated and rejected by people everywhere. 7 Everyone who sees me makes fun and sneers. They shake their heads, 8 and say, “Trust the Lord! If you are his favorite, let him protect you and keep you safe.”
9 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. 12 Enemies are all around like a herd of wild bulls. Powerful bulls from Bashan[a] are everywhere. 13 My enemies are like lions roaring and attacking with jaws open wide.
14 I have no more strength than a few drops of water. All my bones are out of joint; my heart is like melted wax. 15 My strength has dried up like a broken clay pot, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You, God, have left me to die in the dirt.
16 Brutal enemies attack me like a pack of dogs, tearing at[b] my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones, and my enemies just stare and sneer at me. 18 They took my clothes and gambled for them.
19 Don’t stay far away, Lord! My strength comes from you, so hurry and help. 20 Rescue me from enemy swords and save me from those dogs. 21 Don’t let lions eat me.
You rescued me from the horns of wild bulls,
22.12Bashan: A land east of the Jordan River, where there were pastures suitable for raising fine cattle.
22.16tearing at: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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