Old Testament

Psalm 44
Psalm 44
Past Victory—Present Defeat
For the choir director. By the Sons of Korah. A maskil.
Past Victory
1God, our ears have heard.
Our fathers have told us the work you performed
in their days, in days long ago.
2By your hand you drove out the nations,
but you planted your people.
You crushed the peoples,
but you sent your people forward.
3For it was not by their sword
that they took possession of the land.
It was not their arm that saved them.
It was your right hand and your arm,
and the light from your face,
because you took pleasure in them.
Present Trust
4You are the one who is my King, O God.
Command victories for Jacob.
5Through you we drive back our foes.
Through your name we trample our adversaries.
6For I do not trust in my bow,
and my sword does not save me.
7But you save us from our foes,
and you put those who hate us to shame.
8In God we make our boast all day,
and we will praise your name forever. Interlude
Present Defeat
9But now you have rejected and humbled us,
and you do not go out with our armies.
10You made us turn back before the foe,
and those who hate us have taken plunder for themselves.
11You give us up for food like sheep,
and you have scattered us among the nations.
12You sold your people for no great price,
and you have not profited from their sale.
13You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
scorn and ridicule to those around us.
14You have made us a laughingstock among the nations,
a reason for the peoples to shake their head.
15All day my disgrace is right in front me,
and the shame on my face covers me,
16because of the voice of the slanderer and reviler,
because of the enemy and avenger.
17All this came on us, though we had not forgotten you.
We had not been false to your covenant.
18Our hearts had not turned back.
Our steps had not slipped off your path.
19But you crushed us and made us a home for jackals,
and you covered us with the shadow of death.
20If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21would not God have discovered this,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22Yet for your sake we are killed all day long.
We are considered sheep to be slaughtered.
Present Plea
23Get up! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Wake up!
Do not reject us forever.
24Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our misery and our oppression?
25For our souls bow down to the dust.
Our bellies cling to the earth.
26Stand up! Help us!
Redeem us because of your mercy.