For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies of the Agreement.” A song of Asaph.
80 Shepherd of Israel, listen to us. You lead the people of Joseph like a flock. You sit on your throne between the gold creatures with wings. Show your greatness 2 to the people of Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Use your strength. Come and save us.
3 God, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.
4 Lord God of heaven’s armies, how long will you be angry at the prayers of your people? 5 You have fed your people tears. You have made them drink many tears. 6 You made those around us fight over us. Our enemies make fun of us.
7 God of heaven’s armies, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.
8 You brought us out of Egypt as if we were a vine. You forced out other nations and planted us in the land. 9 You cleared the land for us. Like a vine, we took root and filled the land. 10 We covered the mountains with our shade. We had limbs like the mighty cedar tree. 11 Our branches reached the Mediterranean Sea. And our shoots went to the Euphrates River.
12 So why did you pull down our walls? Now everyone who passes by steals from us. 13 Like wild pigs they walk over us. Like wild animals they feed on us.
14 God of heaven’s armies, come back. Look down from heaven and see. Take care of us, your vine. 15 You planted this shoot with your own hands. You raised and strengthened this child. 16 Now it is cut down and burned with fire. You destroyed us by your angry looks. 17 Help the man you have chosen. Make this human being strong for your service. 18 Then we will not turn away from you. Give us life again, and we will call to you for help.
19 Lord God of heaven’s armies, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.
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