Former Deliverances and Present Troubles.

1 For the choir director. A (a)Maskil of the sons of Korah.
O God, we have heard with our ears,
Our (A)fathers have told us
The (B)work that You did in their days,
In the (C)days of old.
You with Your own hand (D)drove out the nations;
Then You (E)planted them;
You (F)afflicted the peoples,
Then You (G)spread them abroad.
For by their own sword they (H)did not possess the land,
And their own arm did not save them,
But Your right hand and Your (I)arm and the (J)light of Your presence,
For You (K)favored them.
You are (L)my King, O God;
(M)Command (b)victories for Jacob.
Through You we will (N)push back our adversaries;
Through Your name we will (O)trample down those who rise up against us.
For I will (P)not trust in my bow,
Nor will my sword save me.
But You (Q)have saved us from our adversaries,
And You have (R)put to shame those who hate us.
In God we have (S)boasted all day long,
And we will (T)give thanks to Your name forever. (c)Selah.
Yet You (U)have rejected us and brought us to (V)dishonor,
And (W)do not go out with our armies.
You cause us to (X)turn back from the adversary;
And those who hate us (Y)have taken spoil for themselves.
You give us as (Z)sheep (d)to be eaten
And have (AA)scattered us among the nations.
You (AB)sell Your people (e)cheaply,
And have not (f)profited by their sale.
You make us a (AC)reproach to our neighbors,
A scoffing and a (AD)derision to those around us.
You make us (AE)a byword among the nations,
A (g)(AF)laughingstock among the peoples.
All day long my dishonor is before me
And (h)my (AG)humiliation has overwhelmed me,
Because of the voice of him who (AH)reproaches and reviles,
Because of the presence of the (AI)enemy and the avenger.
All this has come upon us, but we have (AJ)not forgotten You,
And we have not (AK)dealt falsely with Your covenant.
Our heart has not (AL)turned back,
And our steps (AM)have not deviated from Your way,
Yet You have (AN)crushed us in a place of (AO)jackals
And covered us with (AP)the shadow of death.
If we had (AQ)forgotten the name of our God
Or extended our (i)hands to (AR)a strange god,
Would not God (AS)find this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
But (AT)for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are considered as (AU)sheep to be slaughtered.
(AV)Arouse Yourself, why (AW)do You sleep, O Lord?
Awake, (AX)do not reject us forever.
Why do You (AY)hide Your face
And (AZ)forget our affliction and our oppression?
For our (BA)soul has sunk down into the dust;
Our body cleaves to the earth.
(BB)Rise up, be our help,
And (BC)redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.


a. Psalm 44:1: ['Possibly ', Contemplative, ', or ', Didactic, ', or ', Skillful Psalm]
b. Psalm 44:4: ['Lit ', salvation]
c. Psalm 44:8: [Selah, ' may mean: ', Pause, Crescendo, ' or ', Musical interlude]
d. Psalm 44:11: ['Lit ', for food]
e. Psalm 44:12: ['Lit ', for no wealth]
f. Psalm 44:12: ['Or ', set a high price on them]
g. Psalm 44:14: ['Lit ', shaking of the head]
h. Psalm 44:15: ['Lit ', the shame of my face has covered me]
i. Psalm 44:20: ['Lit ', palms]

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