Has God Forgotten Us?
To the Pure and Shining One
King David’s poem for instruction composed when he fought against the Syrians with the outcome still uncertain and Joab turned back to kill 12,000 descendants of Esau in the Valley of Salt
To the tune of “Lily of the Covenant”
1God, it seems like you walked off and left us!
Why have you turned against us?
You have been angry with us.
O Lord, we plead, come back and help us as a father.
2The earth quivers and quakes before you,
splitting open and breaking apart.
Now come and heal it, for it is shaken to its depths.
3You have taught us hard lessons
and made us drink the wine of bewilderment.
4You have given miraculous signs to those who love you.
As we follow you we fly the flag of truth,
and all who love the truth will rally to it.
Pause in his presence
5Come to your beloved ones and gently draw us out.
For Lord, you save those whom you love.
Come with your might and strength!
6-7Then I heard the Lord speak in his holy splendor.
From his sanctuary I heard the Lord promise:
“In my triumph I will be the one to measure out
the portion of my inheritance to my people,
and I will secure the land as I promised you.
Shechem, Succoth, Gilead, Manasseh,
they are all still mine!” he says.
“Judah will continue to produce kings and lawgivers,
and Ephraim will produce great warriors.
8Moab will become my lowly servant.
Edom will likewise serve my purposes.
I will lift up a shout of victory over the land of Philistia!
9But who will bring my triumph into the strong city?
Who will lead me into Edom’s fortresses?”
10Have you really rejected us, refusing to fight our battles?
11Give us a father’s help when we face our enemies.
For to trust in any man is an empty hope.
12With God’s help we will fight like heroes
and he will trample down our every foe!