For the music leader. According to Lotus Blossoms. A testimony of Asaph. A psalm.
1Shepherd of Israel, listen!
You, the one who leads Joseph as if he were a sheep.
You, who are enthroned upon the winged heavenly creatures.
Show yourself 2before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh!
Wake up your power!
Come to save us!
3Restore us, God!
Make your face shine so that we can be saved!
4Lord God of heavenly forces,
how long will you fume against your people’s prayer?
5You’ve fed them bread made of tears;
you’ve given them tears to drink three times over!
6You’ve put us at odds with our neighbors;
our enemies make fun of us.
7Restore us, God of heavenly forces!
Make your face shine so that we can be saved!
8You brought a vine out of Egypt.
You drove out the nations and planted it.
9You cleared the ground for it;
then it planted its roots deep, filling the land.
10The mountains were covered by its shade;
the mighty cedars were covered by its branches.
11It sent its branches all the way to the sea;
its shoots went all the way to the Euphrates River.#Or the Great River
12So why have you now torn down its walls
so that all who come along can pluck its fruit,
13so that any boar from the forest can tear it up,
so that the bugs can feed on it?
14Please come back, God of heavenly forces!
Look down from heaven and perceive it!
Attend to this vine,
15this root that you planted with your strong hand,
this son whom you secured as your very own.
16It is burned with fire. It is chopped down.
They die at the rebuke coming from you.
17Let your hand be with the one on your right side—
with the one whom you secured as your own—
18then we will not turn away from you!
Revive us so that we can call on your name.
19Restore us, Lord God of heavenly forces!
Make your face shine so that we can be saved!
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