1O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture?2Remember 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.3Walk through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.4There your enemies shouted their victorious battle cries; there they set up their battle standards.5They swung their axes like woodcutters in a forest.6With axes and picks, they smashed the carved paneling.7They burned your sanctuary to the ground. They defiled the place that bears your name.8Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!” So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.9We no longer see your miraculous signs. All the prophets are gone, and no one can tell us when it will end.10How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you? Will you let them dishonor your name forever?11Why do you hold back your strong right hand? Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.12You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth.13You split the sea by your strength and smashed the heads of the sea monsters.14You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him.15You caused the springs and streams to gush forth, and you dried up rivers that never run dry.16Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun.17You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.18See how these enemies insult you, LORD . A foolish nation has dishonored your name.19Don’t let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don’t forget your suffering people forever.20Remember your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence!21Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name.22Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long.23Don’t overlook what your enemies have said or their growing uproar.
1We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.2God says, “At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.3When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude4“I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’ I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!5Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with such arrogance.’”6For no one on earth—from east or west, or even from the wilderness— should raise a defiant fist.7It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.8For the LORD holds a cup in his hand that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours out the wine in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining it to the dregs.9But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.10For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly.”
1God is honored in Judah; his name is great in Israel.2Jerusalem is where he lives; Mount Zion is his home.3There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of war. Interlude4You are glorious and more majestic than the everlasting mountains.5Our boldest enemies have been plundered. They lie before us in the sleep of death. No warrior could lift a hand against us.6At the blast of your breath, O God of Jacob, their horses and chariots lay still.7No wonder you are greatly feared! Who can stand before you when your anger explodes?8From heaven you sentenced your enemies; the earth trembled and stood silent before you.9You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God, and to rescue the oppressed of the earth. Interlude10Human defiance only enhances your glory, for you use it as a weapon.11Make vows to the LORD your God, and keep them. Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One.12For he breaks the pride of princes, and the kings of the earth fear him.
1I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me!2When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted.3I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. Interlude4You don’t let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray!5I think of the good old days, long since ended,6when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now.7Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me?8Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed?9Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? Interlude10And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.”11But then I recall all you have done, O LORD ; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.12They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.13O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you?14You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.15By your strong arm, you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Interlude16When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths.17The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed.18Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook.19Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there!20You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.