(A special psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader.)
A Prayer for Help
44 Our God, our ancestors told us what wonders you worked and we listened carefully. 2 You chased off the nations by causing them trouble with your powerful arm. Then you let our ancestors take over their land. 3 Their strength and weapons were not what won the land and gave them victory! You loved them and fought with your powerful arm and your shining glory.
4 You are my God and King, and you give victory[a] to the people of Jacob. 5 By your great power, we knocked our enemies down and stomped on them. 6 I don’t depend on my arrows or my sword to save me. 7 But you saved us from our hateful enemies, and you put them to shame. 8 We boast about you, our God, and we are always grateful.
9 But now you have rejected us; you don’t lead us into battle, and we look foolish. 10 You made us retreat, and our enemies have taken everything we own. 11 You let us be slaughtered like sheep, and you scattered us among the nations. 12 You sold your people for little or nothing, and you earned no profit.
13 You made us look foolish to our neighbors, and people who live nearby insult us and sneer. 14 Foreigners joke about us and shake their heads. 15 I am embarrassed every day, and I blush with shame. 16 But others mock and sneer, as they watch my enemies take revenge on me.
17 All of this has happened to us, though we didn’t forget you or break our agreement. 18 We always kept you in mind and followed your teaching. 19 But you crushed us, and you covered us with deepest darkness where wild animals live.
20 We did not forget you or lift our hands in prayer to foreign gods. 21 You would have known it because you discover every secret thought. 22 We face death all day for you. We are like sheep on their way to be slaughtered.
23 Wake up! Do something, Lord! Why are you sleeping? Don’t desert us forever. 24 Why do you keep looking away? Don’t forget our sufferings and all of our troubles. 25 We are flat on the ground, holding on to the dust. 26 Do something! Help us! Show how kind you are and come to our rescue.
44.4and. . . victory: One ancient translation; Hebrew “please give victory.”
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