A Nation in Trouble Prays
A maskil of Asaph.
1God, why have you rejected us for so long?
Why are you angry with us, the sheep of your pasture?
2Remember the people you bought long ago.
You saved us. We are your very own.
You live on Mount Zion.
3Make your way through these old ruins.
The enemy wrecked everything in the Temple.
4Those who were against you shouted in your meeting place.
They raised their flags there.
5They came with axes raised
as if to cut down a forest of trees.
6They smashed the carved panels
with their axes and hatchets.
7They burned your Temple to the ground.
They have made the place where you live unclean.
8They thought, “We will completely crush them!”
They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.
9We do not see any signs.
There are no more prophets.
And no one knows how long this will last.
10God, how much longer will the enemy make fun of you?
Will they insult you forever?
11Why do you hold back your power?
Bring your power out in the open and destroy them!
12God, you have been our king for a long time.
You have saved this country.
13You split open the sea by your power.
You broke the heads of the sea monster.
14You smashed the heads of the monster Leviathan.
You gave him to the desert creatures as food.
15You opened up the springs and streams.
And you made the rivers run dry.
16Both the day and the night are yours.
You made the sun and the moon.
17You made all the limits on the earth.
You created summer and winter.
18Lord, remember how the enemy insulted you.
Remember how those foolish people turned away from you.
19Do not give us, your doves, to those wild animals.
Never forget your poor people.
20Remember the agreement you made with us
because violence fills every dark corner of this land.
21Do not let your suffering people be disgraced.
The poor and helpless people praise you.
22God, come and defend yourself.
Remember the insults that come from those foolish people all day long.
23Don’t forget what your enemies said.
Don’t forget their roar as they rise against you always.