Are You Sad or Lonely?
God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense
against the sheep of your own pasture?
that we are the people you chose long ago, the tribe you redeemed as
your own special possession! And
remember Jerusalem, your
home here on earth.
through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed
your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries; there they set up
their battle standards.
swung their axes like woodcutters in a forest.
axes and picks, they smashed the carved paneling.
burned your sanctuary to the ground. They defiled the place that
bears your name.
they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!” So they burned down
all the places where God was worshiped.
no longer see your miraculous signs. All the prophets are gone, and
no one can tell us when it will end.
long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you? Will you let
them dishonor your name forever?
do you hold back your strong right hand? Unleash your powerful fist
and destroy them.
O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth.
split the sea by your strength and smashed the heads of the sea
crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him.
caused the springs and streams to gush forth, and you dried up rivers
that never run dry.
day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun.
set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.
how these enemies insult you, Lord. A foolish nation has
dishonored your name.
let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don’t forget your
suffering people forever.
your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and
let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and
needy praise your name.
O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all
overlook what your enemies have said or their growing uproar.
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