Are You Sad or Lonely?
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are
you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not
answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of
Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them.
They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted
in you and were never disgraced.
But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and
despised by all!
Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake
their heads, saying,
“Is this the one who relies on the Lord? Then let
the Lord save him! If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue
Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.
I was thrust into your arms at my birth. You have
been my God from the moment I was born.
not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can
enemies surround me like a herd of bulls; fierce bulls of Bashan have
hemmed me in!
lions they open their jaws against me, roaring and tearing into their
life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My
heart is like wax, melting within me.
strength has dried up like sun-baked clay. My tongue sticks to the
roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.
enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on
me. They have pierced my hands and feet.
can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat.
divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing.
O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength;
come quickly to my aid!
Save me from the sword; spare my precious life from
Snatch me from the lion’s jaws and from the horns
of these wild oxen.
will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you
among your assembled people.
the Lord, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of
Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has
not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for
I will praise you in the great assembly. I will
fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek
the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting
The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and
return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before
For royal power belongs to the Lord. He rules all
Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Bow
before him, all who are mortal, all whose lives will end as dust.
Our children will also serve him. Future
generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
His righteous acts will be told to those not yet
born. They will hear about everything he has done.
your servant Garrett
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