Old Testament

Psalm 77
Psalm 77
Will the Lord Reject Forever?
For the choir director. According to Jeduthun.[]
By Asaph. A psalm.
The Question
1With my voice to God—
with my voice I cried out to God,
and he listened to me.
2In the day when I was distressed I sought the Lord.
At night my hand was stretched out,
and it never grew tired,
but my soul refused to be comforted.
3God, I remembered and I groaned.
I pondered, and my spirit became weak. Interlude
4You propped my eyelids open.
I was troubled but did not speak.
5I thought about the days of long ago, the years long past.
6During the night I remembered my music.
With my heart I pondered, and my spirit asked,
7“Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never again show favor?
8Has his mercy vanished to the end?
Has what he said failed for all generations?
9Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he really shut up his compassion in anger?” Interlude
The Answer
10Then I said, “This is what hurts me:
the change of the right hand of the Most High.”[]
11I will remember the deeds of the Lord.[]
Yes, I will remember your wonderful deed from long ago.
12I will meditate on all your work,
and I will ponder all your deeds.
13O God, your way is carried out in holiness.
What god is as great as God?
14You are the God who performs a wonderful deed.
You made known your power among the peoples.
15With your arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Interlude
16The waters saw you, O God.
The waters saw you and swirled.
Even the depths were turbulent.
17The clouds poured down water.
The skies echoed with thunder.
Indeed, your arrows shot back and forth.
18The sound of your thunder was heard in the tornado.
Lightning lit up the world.
The earth trembled and quaked.
19Your route led through the sea.
Your trail went through the mighty waters,
but your footprints were not detected.
20You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


  • 77:0 This may refer to a tune or musical style associated with Jeduthun, a musician who was a contemporary of David.
  • 77:10 The meaning of this line is cryptic. The Hebrew seems to say: This is my wounding, the changing (or the years) of the right hand of the Most High.
  • 77:11 Yah, the short form of the divine name, is used instead of the full form, Yahweh.