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Psalm 44

posted 7 Dec 2014, 14:49 by Mark Broomhead

Refrain:Rise up, O Lord, to help us.

1We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us, •
all that you did in their days, in time of old;

2How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in, •
and broke the power of peoples and set us free.

3For not by their own sword did our ancestors take the land •
nor did their own arm save them,

4But your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, •
because you were gracious to them. R

5You are my King and my God, •
who commanded salvation for Jacob.

6Through you we drove back our adversaries; •
through your name we trod down our foes.

7For I did not trust in my bow; •
it was not my own sword that saved me;

8It was you that saved us from our enemies •
and put our adversaries to shame.

9We gloried in God all the day long, •
and were ever praising your name. R

10But now you have rejected us and brought us to shame •
and go not out with our armies.

11You have made us turn our backs on our enemies, •
and our enemies have despoiled us.

12You have made us like sheep to be slaughtered, •
and have scattered us among the nations.

13You have sold your people for a pittance •
and made no profit on their sale.

14You have made us the taunt of our neighbours, •
the scorn and derision of those that are round about us.

15You have made us a byword among the nations; •
among the peoples they wag their heads. R

16My confusion is daily before me, •
and shame has covered my face,

17At the taunts of the slanderer and reviler, •
at the sight of the enemy and avenger.

18All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you •
and have not played false to your covenant.

19Our hearts have not turned back, •
nor our steps gone out of your way,

20Yet you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals, •
and covered us with the shadow of death.

21If we have forgotten the name of our God, •
or stretched out our hands to any strange god,

22Will not God search it out? •
For he knows the secrets of the heart.

23But for your sake are we killed all the day long, •
and are counted as sheep for the slaughter. R

24Rise up! Why sleep, O Lord? •
Awake, and do not reject us for ever.

25Why do you hide your face •
and forget our grief and oppression?

26Our soul is bowed down to the dust; •
our belly cleaves to the earth.

27Rise up, O Lord, to help us •
and redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.

Refrain:Rise up, O Lord, to help us.

In the darkness of unknowing,
when your love seems absent,
draw near to us, O God,
in Christ forsaken,
in Christ risen,
our Redeemer and our Lord.