For the music leader. According to the “Doe of Dawn.” A psalm of David.
1My God! My God,
why have you left me all alone?
Why are you so far from saving me—
so far from my anguished groans?
2My God, I cry out during the day,
but you don’t answer;
even at nighttime I don’t stop.
3You are the holy one, enthroned.
You are Israel’s praise.
4Our ancestors trusted you—
they trusted you and you rescued them;
5they cried out to you and they were saved;
they trusted you and they weren’t ashamed.
6But I’m just a worm, less than human;
insulted by one person, despised by another.
7All who see me make fun of me—
they gape, shaking their heads:
8“He committed himself to the LORD,
so let God rescue him;
let God deliver him
because God likes him so much.”
9But you are the one who pulled me from the womb,
placing me safely at my mother’s breasts.
10I was thrown on you from birth;
you’ve been my God
since I was in my mother’s womb.
11Please don’t be far from me,
because trouble is near
and there’s no one to help.
12Many bulls surround me;
mighty bulls from Bashan encircle me.
13They open their mouths at me
like a lion ripping and roaring!
14I’m poured out like water.
All my bones have fallen apart.
My heart is like wax;
it melts inside me.
15My strength is dried up
like a piece of broken pottery.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you’ve set me down in the dirt of death.
16Dogs surround me;
a pack of evil people circle me like a lion—
oh, my poor hands and feet!
17I can count all my bones!
Meanwhile, they just stare at me, watching me.
18They divvy up my garments among themselves;
they cast lots for my clothes.
19But you, LORD! Don’t be far away!
You are my strength!
Come quick and help me!
20Deliver me#22.20 Or my soul; also in 22:29 from the sword.
Deliver my life from the power of the dog.
21Save me from the mouth of the lion.
From the horns of the wild oxen
you have answered me!
22I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
I will praise you in the very center of the congregation!
23All of you who revere the LORD—praise him!
All of you who are Jacob’s descendants—honor him!
All of you who are all Israel’s offspring—
stand in awe of him!
24Because he didn’t despise or detest
the suffering of the one who suffered—
he didn’t hide his face from me.
No, he listened when I cried out to him for help.
25I offer praise in the great congregation
because of you;
I will fulfill my promises
in the presence of those who honor God.
26Let all those who are suffering eat and be full!
Let all who seek the LORD praise him!
I pray your hearts live forever!
27Every part of the earth
will remember and come back to the LORD;
every family among all the nations will worship you.
28Because the right to rule belongs to the LORD,
he rules all nations.
29Indeed, all the earth’s powerful
will worship him;#22.29 Correction; MT All the earth’s powerful have eaten and will worship.
all who are descending to the dust
will kneel before him;
my being also lives for him.#22.29 Correction with LXX; Heb uncertain
30Future descendants will serve him;
generations to come will be told about my Lord.
31They will proclaim God’s righteousness
to those not yet born,
telling them what God has done.