Psalm 44

Come to Our Help

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

1 O God, we have heard with our ears, 1our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, 2in the days of old:
2 you with your own hand 3drove out the nations, but 4them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but 5them you set free;
3 for not 6by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and 7the light of your face, 8for you delighted in them.
4 9You are my King, O God; 10ordain salvation for Jacob!
5 Through you we 11push down our foes; through your name we 12tread down those who rise up against us.
6 For not in 13my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me.
7 But you have saved us from our foes and have 14put to shame those who hate us.
8 15In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
9 But you have 16rejected us and disgraced us and 17have not gone out with our armies.
10 You have made us 18turn back from the foe, and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11 You have made us like 19sheep for slaughter and have 20scattered us among the nations.
12 21You have sold your people for a trifle, demanding no high price for them.
13 You have made us 22the taunt of our neighbors, the derision and 23scorn of those around us.
14 You have made us 24a byword among the nations, 25a laughingstocka among the peoples.
15 All day long my disgrace is before me, and 26shame has covered my face
16 at the sound of the taunter and reviler, at the sight of 27the enemy and the avenger.
17 28All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back, nor have our 29steps 30departed from your way;
19 yet you have 31broken us in the place of 32jackals and covered us with 33the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God or 34spread out our hands to 35a foreign god,
21 36would not God discover this? 37For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Yet 38for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 39Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! 40Do not reject us forever!
24 Why 41do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25 For our 42soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly clings to the ground.
26 Rise up; 43come to our help! 44Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!