A Prayer After a Defeat
For the director of music. To the tune of “Lily of the Agreement.” A miktam of David. For teaching. When David fought the Arameans of Northwest Mesopotamia and Zobah, and when Joab returned and defeated 12,000 Edomites at the Valley of Salt.
1God, you have rejected us and scattered us.
You have been angry, but please come back to us.
2You made the earth shake and crack.
Fix its breaks because it is shaking.
3You have given your people trouble.
You made us unable to walk straight, like people drunk with wine.
4You have raised a banner to gather those who fear you.
Now they can escape the enemy. Selah
5Answer us and save us by your power.
Then the people you love will be rescued.
6God has said from his Temple,
“When I win, I will divide Shechem
and cut up the Valley of Succoth.
7Gilead and Manasseh are mine.
Ephraim is like my helmet.
Judah holds my royal scepter.
8Moab is like my washbowl.
I throw my sandals at Edom.
I shout at Philistia.”
9Who will bring me to the strong, walled city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
10God, surely you have rejected us.
You do not go out with our armies.
11Help us fight the enemy.
Human help is useless.
12But we can win with God’s help.
He will defeat our enemies.