Prayer in Difficult Times
For the choir director: according to “The Lily of Testimony.”#Ps 45; 69; 80 A Miktam of David for teaching. When he fought with Aram-naharaim and Aram-zobah, and Joab returned and struck Edom in Salt Valley, killing twelve thousand.#1Ch 18:3,12
1God, you have rejected us;
you have broken us down;
you have been angry. Restore us!#60:1 Or Turn back to us#Ps 44:9,23; 79:5
2You have shaken the land and split it open.
Heal its fissures, for it shudders.#Ps 18:7
3You have made your people suffer hardship;
you have given us wine to drink
that made us stagger.#Is 51:17–23; Jr 25:15–17
4You have given a signal flag to those who fear you,
so that they can flee before the archers.#60:4 Or can rally before the archers, or can rally because of the truth#Is 5:26; 11:12; 13:2Selah
5Save with your right hand, and answer me,
so that those you love may be rescued.#Ps 17:7; 20:6; 138:7
6God has spoken in his sanctuary:#60:6 Or has promised by his holy nature
“I will celebrate!
I will divide up Shechem.#Gn 12:6; 33:18
I will apportion the Valley of Succoth.#Gn 33:17
7Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine,
and Ephraim is my helmet;#Dt 33:17; Jos 13:31
Judah is my scepter.#Gn 49:10
8Moab is my washbasin.#2Sm 8:2
I throw my sandal on Edom;#2Sm 8:14
I shout in triumph over Philistia.”#2Sm 8:1
9Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?#Jr 1:18
10God, haven’t you rejected us?
God, you do not march out with our armies.#Ps 44:9
11Give us aid against the foe,
for human help is worthless.#Ps 146:3
12With God we will perform valiantly;#Nm 24:18; Ps 44:5; 118:15–16
he will trample our foes.#Ps 108:6–13