1For the leader. For Y’dutun. A psalm of Asaf:
2I cry aloud to God,
aloud to God; and he hears me.
3On the day of my distress I am seeking Adonai;
my hands are lifted up;
my tears flow all night without ceasing;
my heart refuses comfort.
4When remembering God, I moan;
when I ponder, my spirit fails. (Selah)
5You hold my eyelids [and keep me from sleeping];
I am too troubled to speak.
6I think about the days of old,
the years of long ago;
7in the night I remember my song,
I commune with myself, my spirit inquires:
8“Will Adonai reject forever?
will he never show his favor again?
9Has his grace permanently disappeared?
Is his word to all generations done away?
10Has God forgotten to be compassionate?
Has he in anger withheld his mercy?” (Selah)
11Then I add, “That’s my weakness —
[supposing] the Most High’s right hand could change.”
12So I will remind myself of Yah’s doings;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
13I will meditate on your work
and think about what you have done.
14God, your way is in holiness.
What god is as great as God?
15You are the God who does wonders,
you revealed your strength to the peoples.
16With your arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Ya‘akov and Yosef. (Selah)
17The water saw you, God;
the water saw you and writhed in anguish,
agitated to its depths.
18The clouds poured water, the skies thundered,
and your arrows flashed here and there.
19The sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind,
the lightning flashes lit up the world,
the earth trembled and shook.
20Your way went through the sea,
your path through the turbulent waters;
but your footsteps could not be traced.
21You led your people like a flock
under the care of Moshe and Aharon.