A Prayer for Help
For the director of music. A maskil of the sons of Korah.
1God, we have heard about you.
Our ancestors told us
what you did in their days,
in days long ago.
2With your power you forced the nations out of the land
and placed our ancestors here.
You destroyed those other nations,
but you made our ancestors grow strong.
3It wasn’t their swords that took the land.
It wasn’t their power that gave them victory.
But it was your great power and strength.
You were with them because you loved them.
4My God, you are my King.
Your commands led Jacob’s people to victory.
5With your help we pushed back our enemies.
In your name we trampled those who came against us.
6I don’t trust my bow to help me,
and my sword can’t save me.
7You saved us from our foes,
and you made our enemies ashamed.
8We will praise God every day;
we will praise your name forever.Selah
9But you have rejected us and shamed us.
You don’t march with our armies anymore.
10You let our enemies push us back,
and those who hate us have taken our wealth.
11You gave us away like sheep to be eaten
and have scattered us among the nations.
12You sold your people for nothing
and made no profit on the sale.
13You made us a joke to our neighbors;
those around us laugh and make fun of us.
14You made us a joke to the other nations;
people shake their heads.
15I am always in disgrace,
and I am covered with shame.
16My enemy is getting even
with insults and curses.
17All these things have happened to us,
but we have not forgotten you
or failed to keep our agreement with you.
18Our hearts haven’t turned away from you,
and we haven’t stopped following you.
19But you crushed us in this place where wild dogs live,
and you covered us with deep darkness.
20If we had forgotten our God
or lifted our hands in prayer to foreign gods,
21God would have known,
because he knows what is in our hearts.
22But for you we are in danger of death all the time.
People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.
23Wake up, Lord! Why are you sleeping?
Get up! Don’t reject us forever.
24Why do you hide from us?
Have you forgotten our pain and troubles?
25We have been pushed down into the dirt;
we are flat on the ground.
26Get up and help us.
Because of your love, save us.