Redemption Remembered in Present Dishonor
To the Chief Musician. A #Ps. 42:titleContemplation of the sons of Korah.
1We have heard with our ears, O God,
#(Ex. 12:26, 27; Deut. 6:20); Judg. 6:13; Ps. 78:3Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
2#Ex. 15:17; 2 Sam. 7:10; Jer. 24:6; Amos 9:15You drove out the nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
3For #(Deut. 8:17, 18); Josh. 24:12they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
#(Deut. 4:37; 7:7, 8)Because You favored them.
4#(Ps. 74:12)You are my King, O God;
Command victories for Jacob.
5Through You #Deut. 33:17; (Dan. 8:4)we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
6For #(1 Sam. 17:47); Ps. 33:16; (Hos. 1:7)I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.
7But You have saved us from our enemies,
And have put to shame those who hated us.
8#Ps. 34:2; (Jer. 9:24)In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever.
9But #Ps. 60:1You have cast us off and put us to shame,
And You do not go out with our armies.
10You make us #Lev. 26:17; Josh. 7:8, 12; Ps. 89:43turn back from the enemy,
And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
11#Ps. 44:22; Rom. 8:36You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
And have #Lev. 26:33; Deut. 4:27; 28:64; Ps. 106:27; Ezek. 20:23scattered us among the nations.
12#Is. 52:3, 4; Jer. 15:13You sell Your people for next to nothing,
And are not enriched by selling them.
13#Ps. 79:4; 80:6; Jer. 24:9You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
14#Deut. 28:37You make us a byword among the nations,
#Job 16:4A shaking of the head among the peoples.
15My dishonor is continually before me,
And the shame of my face has covered me,
16Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
#Ps. 8:2Because of the enemy and the avenger.
17#Dan. 9:13All this has come upon us;
But we have not forgotten You,
Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.
18Our heart has not turned back,
#Job 23:11Nor have our steps departed from Your way;
19But You have severely broken us in #Is. 34:13the place of jackals,
And covered us #(Ps. 23:4)with the shadow of death.
20If we had forgotten the name of our God,
Or #(Deut. 6:14)stretched out our hands to a foreign god,
21#Job 31:14; (Ps. 139:1, 2; Jer. 17:10)Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22#Rom. 8:36Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23#Ps. 7:6Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
Arise! Do not cast us off forever.
24#Job 13:24Why do You hide Your face,
And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25For #Ps. 119:25our soul is bowed down to the dust;
Our body clings to the ground.
26Arise for our help,
And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.