Despite all of this, we have not forgotten you;
we have not broken covenant with you.
We have not betrayed you; our hearts are still yours.
Our steps have not strayed from your path.
Yet you have crushed us,
leaving us in this wilderness place of misery and desperation.
With nowhere else to turn,
death’s dark door seems to be the only way out.
If we had forsaken your holy name, wouldn’t you know it?
You’d be right in leaving us.
If we had worshiped before other gods,
no one would blame you for punishing us.
God, you know our every heart secret.
You know we still want you!
Because of you we face death threats every day.
Like martyrs we are dying daily.
We are seen as lambs lined up to be slaughtered as sacrifices.
So wake up, Lord God!
Why would you sleep when we’re in trouble?
Are you forsaking us forever?
You can’t hide your face any longer from us!
How could you forget our agonizing sorrow?
Now we lay facedown, sinking into the dust of death,
the quicksand of the grave.
Arise, awake, and come to help us, O Lord.
Let your unfailing love save us from this sorrow!