A Cry of Distress
To the Pure and Shining One
David’s poetic song of praise to the tune of “Lilies”
1-2God, my God, come and save me!
These floods of trouble have risen higher and higher.
The water is up to my neck!
I’m sinking into the mud with no place to stand,
and I’m about to drown in this storm.
3I’m weary, exhausted with weeping.
My throat is dry, my voice is gone, my eyes are swollen with sorrow,
and I’m waiting for you, God, to come through for me.
4I can’t even count all those who hate me for no reason.
Many influential men want me silenced,
yet I’ve done nothing against them.
Must I restore what I never took away?
5God, my life is an open book to you.
You know every sin I’ve ever done.
For nothing within me is hidden from your sight!
6Lord Yahweh of Angel Armies,
keep me from ever being a stumbling block to others,
to those who love you.
Lord God of Israel, don’t let what happens to me
be the source of confusion to those who are passionate for you.
7Because of my love for you, Lord,
I have been mocked, cursed, and disgraced.
8Even my own brothers, those of my family,
act as though they don’t want anything to do with me.
9My love for you has my heart on fire!
My passion consumes me for your house!
Nothing will turn me away,
even though I endure all the insults of those who insult you.
10When they see me seeking for more of you with weeping and fasting,
they all just scoff and scorn at my passion.
11When I humble myself with sorrow over my sin,
it gives them a reason to mock me even more.
12The leaders, the influential ones—how they scorn my passion for you!
I’ve become the talk of the town, the theme of drunkards’ songs.
13But I keep calling out to you, Yahweh!
I know you will bend down to listen to me,
for now is the season of favor.
Because of your faithful love for me,
your answer to my prayer will be my sure salvation.
14Pull me out of this mess! Don’t let me sink!
Rescue me from those who hate me and from all this trouble I’m in!
15Don’t let this flood drown me.
Save me from these deep waters
or I’ll go down to the pit of destruction.
16-17Oh, Lord God, answer my prayers!
I need to see your tender kindness, your grace,
your compassion, and your constant love.
Just let me see your face, and turn your heart toward me.
Come running quickly to your servant.
In this deep distress, come and answer my prayer.
18Come closer as a friend and redeem me.
Set me free so my enemies cannot say that you are powerless.
19See how they dishonor me in shame and disgrace?
You know, Lord, what I’m going through, and you see it all.
20I’m heartsick and heartbroken by it all.
Their contempt has crushed my soul.
I looked for sympathy and compassion
but found only empty stares.
21I was hungry and they gave me bitter food.
I was thirsty and they offered me vinegar.
22Let their “feasts” turn to ashes.
Let their “peace and security” become their downfall.
23Make them blind as bats, groping in the dark.
Let them be feeble, trembling continually.
24-25Pour out your fury on them all!
Consume them with the fire of your anger!
Burn down the walled palace where they live!
Leave them homeless and desolate!
26For they come against the one you yourself have struck,
and they scorn the pain of those you’ve pierced.
27Pile on them the guilt of their sins.
Don’t let them ever go free.
28Leave them out of your list of the living!
Blot them out of your book of life!
Never name them as your own!
29I am burdened and broken by this pain.
When your miracle rescue comes to me,
it will lift me to the highest place.
30Then my song will be a burst of praise to you.
My glory-shouts will make your fame even more glorious
to all who hear my praises!
31For I know, Yahweh, that my praises mean more to you
than all my gifts and sacrifices.
32All who seek you will see God do this for them,
and they’ll overflow with gladness.
Let this revive your hearts, all you lovers of God!
33For Yahweh does listen to the poor and needy
and will not abandon his prisoners of love.
34Let all the universe praise him!
The high heavens and everyone on earth, praise him!
Let the oceans deep, with everything in them, keep it up!
35God will come to save his Zion-people.
God will build up his cities of Judah,
for there his people will live in peace.
36All their children will inherit the land,
and the lovers of his name will live there safe and secure.