A maskil of Asaph.
1God, why have you abandoned us forever?
Why does your anger smolder
at the sheep of your own pasture?
2Remember your congregation
that you took as your own long ago,
that you redeemed to be the tribe of your own possession—
remember Mount Zion, where you dwell.
3March to the unending ruins,
to all that the enemy destroyed in the sanctuary.
4Your enemies roared in your own meeting place;
they set up their own signs there!
5It looked like axes raised
against a thicket of trees.#Heb uncertain
6And then all its carvings
they hacked down with hatchet and pick.
7They set fire to your sanctuary, burned it to the ground;
they defiled the dwelling place of your name.
8They said in their hearts, We’ll kill all of them together!
They burned all of God’s meeting places in the land.
9We don’t see our own signs anymore.
No prophet is left.
And none of us know how long it will last.
10How long, God, will foes insult you?
Are enemies going to abuse your name forever?
11Why do you pull your hand back?
Why do you hold your strong hand close to your chest?
12Yet God has been my king from ancient days—
God, who makes salvation happen in the heart of the earth!
13You split the sea with your power.
You shattered the heads of the sea monsters on the water.
14You crushed Leviathan’s heads.
You gave it to the desert dwellers for food!
15You split open springs and streams;
you made strong-flowing rivers dry right up.
16The day belongs to you! The night too!
You established both the moon and the sun.
17You set all the boundaries of the earth in place.
Summer and winter? You made them!
18So remember this, Lord:
how enemies have insulted you,
how unbelieving fools have abused your name.
19Don’t deliver the life of your dove to wild animals!
Don’t forget the lives of your afflicted people forever!
20Consider the covenant!
Because the land’s dark places are full of violence.
21Don’t let the oppressed live in shame.
No, let the poor and needy praise your name!
22God, rise up! Make your case!
Remember how unbelieving fools insult you all day long.
23Don’t forget the voices of your enemies,
the racket of your adversaries that never quits.
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