74 Our God, why have you completely rejected us? Why are you so angry with the ones you care for? 2 Remember the people you rescued long ago, the tribe you chose to be your very own.
Think of Mount Zion, your home; 3 walk over to the temple left in ruins forever by those who hate us.
4 Your enemies roared like lions in your holy temple, and they have placed their banners there. 5 It looks like a forest chopped to pieces.[a] 6 They used axes and hatchets to smash the carvings. 7 They burned down your temple and badly disgraced it. 8 They said to themselves, “We’ll crush them!” Then they burned every one of your meeting places all over the country. 9 There are no more miracles and no more prophets. Who knows how long it will be like this?
10 Our God, how much longer will our enemies sneer? Won’t they ever stop insulting you? 11 Why don’t you punish them? Why are you holding back?
12 Our God and King, you have ruled since ancient times; you have won victories everywhere on this earth. 13 By your power you made a path through the sea, and you smashed the heads of sea monsters. 14 You crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan,[b] then fed him to wild creatures in the desert. 15 You opened the ground for streams and springs and dried up mighty rivers. 16 You rule the day and the night, and you put the moon and the sun in place. 17 You made summer and winter and gave them to the earth.[c]
18 Remember your enemies, Lord! They foolishly sneer and won’t respect you. 19 You treat us like pet doves, but they mistreat us. Don’t keep forgetting us and letting us be fed to those wild animals. 20 Remember the agreement you made with us. Violent enemies are hiding in every dark corner of the earth. 21 Don’t disappoint those in need or make them turn from you, but help the poor and homeless to shout your praises. 22 Do something, God! Defend yourself. Remember how those fools sneer at you all day long. 23 Don’t forget the loud shouts of your enemies.
(A psalm and a song by Asaph for the music leader. To the tune “Don’t Destroy.”[d])
Praise God for All He Has Done
75 Our God, we thank you for being so near to us! Everyone celebrates your wonderful deeds.
2 You have set a time to judge with fairness. 3 The earth trembles, and its people shake; you alone keep its foundations firm. 4 You tell every bragger, “Stop bragging!” And to the wicked you say, “Don’t boast of your power! 5 Stop bragging! Quit telling me how great you are.”
6 Our Lord and our God, victory doesn’t come from the east or the west or from the desert. 7 You are the one who judges. You can take away power and give it to others. 8 You hold in your hand a cup filled with wine,[e] strong and foaming. You will pour out some for every sinful person on this earth, and they will have to drink until it is gone. 9 But I will always tell about you, the God of Jacob, and I will sing your praise.
10 Our Lord, you will destroy the power of evil people, but you will give strength to those who are good.
(A song and a psalm for the music leader. Use stringed instruments.)
God Always Wins
76 You, our God, are famous in Judah and honored in Israel. 2 Your home is on Mount Zion in the city of peace. 3 There you destroyed fiery arrows, shields, swords, and all the other weapons.
4 You are more glorious than the eternal mountains.[f] 5 Brave warriors were robbed of what they had taken, and now they lie dead, unable to lift an arm. 6 God of Jacob, when you roar, enemy chariots and horses drop dead in their tracks.
7 Our God, you are fearsome, and no one can oppose you when you are angry. 8 From heaven you announced your decisions as judge! And all who live on this earth were terrified and silent 9 when you took over as judge, ready to rescue everyone in need. 10 Even the most angry people will praise you when you are furious.[g]
11 Everyone, make your promises to the Lord your God and do what you promise. The Lord is fearsome, and all of his servants should bring him gifts. 12 God destroys the courage of rulers and kings and makes cowards of them.
(A psalm by Asaph for Jeduthun, the music leader.)
In Times of Trouble God Is with His People
77 I pray to you, Lord God, and I beg you to listen. 2 In days filled with trouble, I search for you. And at night I tirelessly lift my hands in prayer, refusing comfort. 3 When I think of you, I feel restless and weak.
4 Because of you, Lord God, I can’t sleep. I am restless and can’t even talk. 5 I think of times gone by, of those years long ago. 6 Each night my mind is flooded with questions:[h] 7 “Have you rejected me forever? Won’t you be kind again? 8 Is this the end of your love and your promises? 9 Have you forgotten how to have pity? Do you refuse to show mercy because of your anger?” 10 Then I said, “God Most High, what hurts me most is that you no longer help us with your mighty arm.”
11 Our Lord, I will remember the things you have done, your miracles of long ago. 12 I will think about each one of your mighty deeds. 13 Everything you do is right, and no other god compares with you. 14 You alone work miracles, and you have let nations see your mighty power. 15 With your own arm you rescued your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
16 The ocean looked at you, God, and it trembled deep down with fear. 17 Water flowed from the clouds. Thunder was heard above as your arrows of lightning flashed about. 18 Your thunder roared like chariot wheels. The world was made bright by lightning, and all the earth trembled.
19 You walked through the water of the mighty sea, but your footprints were never seen. 20 You guided your people like a flock of sheep, and you chose Moses and Aaron to be their leaders.
74.5pieces: One meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 5.
74.14Leviathan: God’s victory over this monster sometimes stands for his power over all creation and sometimes for his defeat of Egypt.
74.17gave. . . earth: Or “made boundaries for the earth.”
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