This is why you were furious.
As your anger burned hot against them,
you couldn’t even stand to look
at your very own people any longer!
So you turned them over to the crushing hands of other nations,
and those who hated them became tyrants over them.
Oppressive enemies subdued them,
ruling over them with their tyranny.
Many times you would have come to rescue them,
but they continued in their rebellious ways,
choosing to ignore your warnings.
Then they sank lower and lower, destroyed by their depravity.
Yet even so, you waited and waited,
watching to see if they would turn
and cry out to you for a father’s help.
And then, when you heard their cry,
you relented and you remembered your covenant
and you turned your heart toward them again,
according to your abundant, overflowing, and limitless love.
Then you caused even their oppressors
to pity them and show them compassion.
Do it again, Lord! Save us, O Lord, our God!
Gather us from our exile and unite us together
so that we will give our great and joyous thanks to you again
and bring you glory by our praises.
Blessed be our Lord God forever and ever.
And let everyone everywhere say, “Hallelujah!”
Amen! Faithful is our King!