Intercession for Restoration of Zion
1A contemplative song of Asaph. Why have You cast us off forever, O God? Why does Your anger smolder against the flock of Your pasture?
2Remember Your congregation, which You purchased of old, redeemed as the tribe of Your inheritance, and Mount Zion, where You dwelt.
3Lift Your steps toward the perpetual ruins— an enemy has done all evil to the Sanctuary!
4Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place. They have set up their standards as signs.
5It seemed like bringing up axes into a thicket of trees—
6and now all its carved work they smash with hatchet and hammers!
7They set Your Sanctuary on fire, burning it to the ground. They defiled the dwelling place of Your Name.
8They said in their hearts: “Let us crush them totally!” They burned down all the meeting places of God in the land.
9We do not see our signs. No longer is there any prophet— and no one among us knows how long.
10How long, O God, will the adversary mock? Will the enemy revile Your Name forever?
11Why do You hold back Your hand, Your right hand? Draw it out of Your bosom and consume them!
12Yet God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the land.
13You split the sea with Your power. You smashed the monsters’ heads in the waters.
14You crushed the heads of Leviathan, giving him as food to the desert dwellers.
15You opened up spring and brook. You dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16The day is Yours, the night also is Yours. You provided moon and sun.
17You set all the borders of earth. You made summer and winter.
18Remember how the enemy mocked, Adonai, and how foolish people despised Your Name.
19Do not deliver Your turtledove’s soul to the wild beast. Do not forget the life of Your afflicted ones forever.
20Look upon the covenant— for haunts of violence fill the dark places of earth.
21Do not let the oppressed turn back in shame. But let the poor and needy praise Your Name.
22Rise up O God, and defend Your cause. Remember how the fool mocks You all day.
23Do not forget the noise of Your foes, the uproar of those rising up against You, ascending continually.