Psalms 44
Wake Up, Lord, We’re in Trouble
For the Pure and Shining One, by the prophetic singers of Korah’s clan
A contemplative poem for instruction
The Past
1-2God, we’ve heard about all the glorious miracles
you’ve done for our ancestors in days gone by.
They told us about the ancient times, how by your power
you drove out the ungodly nations from this land,
crushing all their strongholds and giving the land to us.
Now the people of Israel cover the land
from one end to the other,
all because of your grace and power!
3Our forefathers didn’t win these battles by their own strength
or their own skill or strategy.
But it was through the shining forth of your radiantpresence
and the display of your mighty power.
You loved to give them victory,
for you took great delight in them.
4You are my God, my King!
It’s now time to decree majesties for Jacob!
5Through your glorious name and your awesome power
we can push through to any victory and defeat every enemy.
6For I will not trust in the weapons of the world;
I know they will never save me.
7Only you will be our Savior from all our enemies.
All those who hate us you have brought to shame.
8So now I constantly boast in you.
I can never thank you enough!
Pause in his presence
The Present
9But you have turned your back on us; you walked off and left us!
You’ve rejected us, tossing us aside in humiliating shame.
You don’t go before us anymore in our battles.
10We retreat before our enemies in defeat,
for you are no longer helping us.
Those who hate us have invaded our land
and plundered our people.
11You have treated us like sheep in the slaughter pen,
ready to be butchered.
You’ve scattered us to the four winds.
12You have sold us as slaves for nothing!
You have counted us, your precious ones, as worthless.
13You have caused our neighbors to despise and scorn us.
All that are around us mock and curse us.
14You have made us the butt of their jokes.
Disliked by all, we are the laughingstock of the people.
15-16There’s no escape from this constant curse, this humiliation!
We are despised, jeered, overwhelmed by shame,
and overcome at every turn
by our hateful and heartless enemies.
17Despite all of this, we have not forgotten you;
we have not broken covenant with you.
18We have not betrayed you; our hearts are still yours.
Our steps have not strayed from your path.
19Yet you have crushed us,
leaving us in this wilderness place of misery and desperation.
With nowhere else to turn,
death’s dark door seems to be the only way out.
20-21If we had forsaken your holy name, wouldn’t you know it?
You’d be right in leaving us.
If we had worshiped before other gods,
no one would blame you for punishing us.
God, you know our every heart secret.
You know we still want you!
22Because of you we face death threats every day.
Like martyrs we are dying daily.
We are seen as lambs lined up to be slaughtered as sacrifices.
The Future
23So wake up, Lord God!
Why would you sleep when we’re in trouble?
Are you forsaking us forever?
24You can’t hide your face any longer from us!
How could you forget our agonizing sorrow?
25Now we lay facedown, sinking into the dust of death,
the quicksand of the grave.
26Arise, awake, and come to help us, O Lord.
Let your unfailing love save us from this sorrow!

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