For the Music Director. To the melody of “The Doe of the Dawn.” A Psalm of David.
1My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
Why are You so far from deliveringme,
and from my roaring words of distress?
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not answer;
and at night, but I have no rest.
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 But You are holy,
O You who inhabits the praises of Israel.
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 Our fathers trusted in You;
they trusted, and You did deliver them.
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 They cried to You and were delivered;
they trusted in You and were not put to shame.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 But I am a worm, and not a man;
a reproach of men and despised by the people.
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 All who see me laugh me to scorn;
they sneer with the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 “Trust in the Lord,
let Him deliver him;
let Him rescue him,
seeing He delights in him.”
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 But You are He who took me out of the womb;
You caused me to trust
while I was on my mother’s breasts.
10#Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 I was cast on You from birth;
You are my God from my mother’s womb.
11#Ps 42:5; 43:5 Be not far from me
for trouble is near,
for there is none to help.
12Many bulls encircle me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13They open their mouths against me,
as a preying and roaring lion.
14I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted inside my body.
15My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
and You have set me toward the dust of death.
16For dogs have encompassed me;
the assembly of the wicked has enclosed me;
like a lion they pin my hands and my feet;
17I can count all my bones;
they look and stare on me.
18They part my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothes.
19But do not be far from me, O Lord;
O my Help, hasten to my aid.
20Rescue my soul from the sword,
my only life from the power of the dog.
21Save me from the lion’s mouth,
and from the horns of the wild ox, answer me!
22I will declare Your name to my community;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.
23You who fear the Lord, praise Him;
all you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
and stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.
24For He has not despised nor abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted;
nor has He hid His face from him;
but when he cried to Him, He heard.
25From You my praise will be in the great congregation;
I will pay my vows before those who fear Him.
26The meek will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek Him will praise the Lord.
May your hearts live forever.
27All the ends of the world
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will worship before You.
28For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and He rules among the nations.
29All the prosperous ones of the earth will eat and worship;
all who go down to the dust will bow before Him,
even he who cannot keep his own soul alive.
30Posterity will serve Him;
it will be told to generations about the Lord;
31they will come and declare His righteousness
to a people yet to be born,
that He has acted.