Psalm 44:1-Psalm 45:1 - Israel's Complaint
1 For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.
our ancestors have told us—
the work You accomplished in their days,
in days long ago:
You drove out the nations with Your hand;
to settle them,
You crushed the peoples.
their arm did not bring them victory—
but by Your right hand, Your arm,
and the light of Your face,
for You were pleased with them.
through Your name we trample our enemies.
and my sword does not bring me victory.
and let those who hate us be disgraced.
we will praise Your name forever.
You do not march out with our armies.
and those who hate us
have taken plunder for themselves.
and scatter us among the nations.
You make no profit from selling them.
a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us.
and shame has covered my face,
because of the enemy and avenger.
but we have not forgotten You
or betrayed Your covenant.
our steps have not strayed from Your path.
and have covered us with deepest darkness.
and spread out our hands to a foreign god,
since He knows the secrets of the heart?
we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.
Get up! Don’t reject us forever!
and forget our affliction and oppression?
our bodies cling to the ground.
Redeem us because of Your faithful love.
1 For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.”
as I recite my verses to the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.