Psalm 44

1God, we have heard about you. Our fathers told us what you did in their lifetime. They told us what you did long ago. 2God, with your great power you took this land from other people, and you gave it to us. You crushed those foreign people. You forced them to leave this land. 3It was not our father’s swords that took the land. It was not their strong arms that made them winners. It was because you were with our fathers. God, your great power saved our fathers. Why? Because you loved them! 4My God, you are my king. Give the command and lead Jacob’s people to victory. 5My God, with your help, we will push back our enemies. With your name, we will walk on our enemies. 6I don’t trust my bow ˻and arrows˼. My sword can’t save me. 7God, you saved us from Egypt. You put our enemies to shame. 8We have praised God all day long! And we will praise your name forever! 9But, God, you left us. You embarrassed us. You did not come with us into battle. 10You let our enemies push us back. Our enemies took our wealth. 11You gave us away like sheep to be eaten as food. You scattered us among the foreigners. 12God, you sold your people for nothing. You didn’t even argue over the price. 13You made us a joke to our neighbors. They laugh at us and make fun of us. 14We are one of the funny stories people tell. Even people without a nation of their own laugh at us and shake their heads. 15I am covered with shame. All day long I see my shame. 16˻I hide in shame˼ at the jokes and insults coming from my enemy who wanted to get even with me. 17God, we have not forgotten you. Yet you do all those things to us. We did not lie when we signed our Agreement with you! 18God, we have not turned away from you. We have not stopped following you. 19But, God, you crushed us in this place where jackals live. You left us in this place as dark as death. 20Did we forget the name of our God? Did we pray to foreign gods? ˻No!˼ 21Surely, God knows these things. He knows even our deepest secrets. 22God, all day long we died for you! We were like sheep being led away to be killed. 23Get up, my Master! Why are you sleeping? Get up! Don’t leave us forever! 24God, why are you hiding from us? Have you forgotten our pain and troubles? 25We have been pushed down into the dirt. We are lying with our belly in the dust. 26God, get up and help us! Rescue us because of your true love!

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