[For the choir director: according to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.] I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and He will hear me.
In my day of trouble I sought the Lord. My hands were lifted up all night long; I refused to be comforted.
I think of God; I groan; I meditate; my spirit becomes weak. Selah
You have kept me from closing my eyes; I am troubled and cannot speak.
I consider days of old, years long past.
At night I remember my music; I meditate in my heart, and my spirit ponders.
"Will the Lord reject forever and never again show favor?
Has His faithful love ceased forever? Is [His] promise at an end for all generations?
Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger withheld His compassion?" Selah
So I say, "It is my sorrow that the right hand of the Most High has changed."
I will remember the LORD's works; yes, I will remember Your ancient wonders.
I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions.
God, Your way is holy. What god is great like God?
You are the God who works wonders; You revealed Your strength among the peoples.
With power You redeemed Your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
The waters saw You, God. The waters saw You; they trembled. Even the depths shook.
The clouds poured down water. The storm clouds thundered; Your arrows flashed back and forth.
The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; lightning lit up the world. The earth shook and quaked.
Your way went through the sea, and Your path through the great waters, but Your footprints were unseen.
You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
[A Maskil of Asaph.] My people, hear my instruction; listen to what I say.
I will declare wise sayings; I will speak mysteries from the past--
things we have heard and known and that our fathers have passed down to us.
We must not hide them from their children, but must tell a future generation the praises of the LORD, His might, and the wonderful works He has performed.
He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children
so that a future generation-- children yet to be born-- might know. They were to rise and tell their children
so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God's works, but keep His commandments.
Then they would not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not loyal and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
The Ephraimite archers turned back on the day of battle.
They did not keep God's covenant and refused to live by His law.
They forgot what He had done, the wonderful works He had shown them.
He worked wonders in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, the region of Zoan.
He split the sea and brought them across; the water stood firm like a wall.
He led them with a cloud by day and with a fiery light throughout the night.
He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as abundant as the depths.
He brought streams out of the stone and made water flow down like rivers.
But they continued to sin against Him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
They deliberately tested God, demanding the food they craved.
They spoke against God, saying, "Is God able to provide food in the wilderness?
Look! He struck the rock and water gushed out; torrents overflowed. But can He also provide bread or furnish meat for His people?"
Therefore, the LORD heard and became furious; then fire broke out against Jacob, and anger flared up against Israel
because they did not believe God or rely on His salvation.
He gave a command to the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven.
He rained manna for them to eat; He gave them grain from heaven.
People ate the bread of angels. He sent them an abundant supply of food.
He made the east wind blow in the skies and drove the south wind by His might.
He rained meat on them like dust, and winged birds like the sand of the seas.
He made [them] fall in His camp, all around His tent.
They ate and were completely satisfied, for He gave them what they craved.
Before they had satisfied their desire, while the food was still in their mouths,
God's anger flared up against them, and He killed some of their best men. He struck down Israel's choice young men.
Despite all this, they kept sinning and did not believe His wonderful works.
He made their days end in futility, their years in sudden disaster.
When He killed [some of] them, [the rest] began to seek Him; they repented and searched for God.
They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God, their Redeemer.
But they deceived Him with their mouths, they lied to Him with their tongues,
their hearts were insincere toward Him, and they were unfaithful to His covenant.
Yet He was compassionate; He atoned for [their] guilt and did not destroy [them]. He often turned His anger aside and did not unleash all His wrath.
He remembered that they were [only] flesh, a wind that passes and does not return.
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert.
They constantly tested God and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
They did not remember His power [shown] on the day He redeemed them from the foe,
when He performed His miraculous signs in Egypt and His marvels in the region of Zoan.
He turned their rivers into blood, and they could not drink from their streams.
He sent among them swarms of flies, which fed on them, and frogs, which devastated them.
He gave their crops to the caterpillar and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
He killed their vines with hail and their sycamore-fig trees with a flood.
He handed over their livestock to hail and their cattle to lightning bolts.
He sent His burning anger against them: fury, indignation, and calamity-- a band of deadly messengers.
He cleared a path for His anger. He did not spare them from death, but delivered their lives to the plague.
He struck all the firstborn in Egypt, the first progeny of the tents of Ham.
He led His people out like sheep and guided them like a flock in the wilderness.
He led them safely, and they were not afraid; but the sea covered their enemies.
He brought them to His holy land, to the mountain His right hand acquired.
He drove out nations before them. He apportioned their inheritance by lot and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
But they rebelliously tested the Most High God, for they did not keep His decrees.
They treacherously turned away like their fathers; they became warped like a faulty bow.
They enraged Him with their high places and provoked His jealousy with their carved images.
God heard and became furious; He completely rejected Israel.
He abandoned the tabernacle at Shiloh, the tent where He resided among men.
He gave up His strength to captivity and His splendor to the hand of a foe.
He surrendered His people to the sword because He was enraged with His heritage.
Fire consumed His chosen young men, and His young women had no wedding songs.
His priests fell by the sword, but the widows could not lament.
Then the Lord awoke as if from sleep, like a warrior from the effects of wine.
He beat back His foes; He gave them lasting shame.
He rejected the tent of Joseph and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.
He chose instead the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which He loved.
He built His sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that He established forever.
He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds;
He brought him from tending ewes to be shepherd over His people Jacob-- over Israel, His inheritance.
He shepherded them with a pure heart and guided them with his skillful hands.
[A psalm of Asaph.] God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance, desecrated Your holy temple, and turned Jerusalem into ruins.
They gave the corpses of Your servants to the birds of the sky for food, the flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth.
They poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury [them].
We have become an object of reproach to our neighbors, a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us.
How long, LORD? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy keep burning like fire?
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that don't acknowledge You, on the kingdoms that don't call on Your name,
for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his homeland.
Do not hold past sins against us; let Your compassion come to us quickly, for we have become weak.
God of our salvation, help us-- for the glory of Your name. Deliver us and atone for our sins, because of Your name.
Why should the nations ask, "Where is their God?" Before our eyes, let vengeance for the shed blood of Your servants be known among the nations.
Let the groans of the prisoners reach You; according to Your great power, preserve those condemned to die.
Pay back sevenfold to our neighbors the reproach they have hurled at You, Lord.
Then we, Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will thank You forever; we will declare Your praise to generation after generation.
[For the choir director: according to "The Lilies." A testimony of Asaph. A psalm.] Listen, Shepherd of Israel, who guides Joseph like a flock; You who sit enthroned [on] the cherubim, rise up
at the head of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Rally Your power and come to save us.
Restore us, God; look [on us] with favor, and we will be saved.
LORD God of Hosts, how long will You be angry with Your people's prayers?
You fed them the bread of tears and gave them a full measure of tears to drink.
You set us at strife with our neighbors; our enemies make fun of us.
Restore us, God of Hosts; look [on us] with favor, and we will be saved.
You uprooted a vine from Egypt; You drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared [a place] for it; it took root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered by its shade, and the mighty cedars with its branches.
It sent out sprouts toward the Sea and shoots toward the River.
Why have You broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its fruit?
The boar from the forest gnaws at it, and creatures of the field feed on it.
Return, God of Hosts. Look down from heaven and see; take care of this vine,
the root Your right hand has planted, the shoot that You made strong for Yourself.
It was cut down and burned up; they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.
Let Your hand be with the man at Your right hand, with the son of man You have made strong for Yourself.
Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your name.
Restore us, LORD God of Hosts; look [on us] with favor, and we will be saved.