Psalm 74-77 New American Standard Bible

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An Appeal to God against the Enemy

74 1  O God , why have You rejected us forever ? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture ? 2  Remember Your congregation , which You have purchased of old , Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance ; And this Mount Zion , where You have dwelt . 3  Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins ; The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary . 4  Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place ; They have set up their own standards for signs . 5  It seems as if one had lifted up His axe in a forest of trees . 6  And now all its carved work They smash with hatchet and hammers . 7  They have burned e Your sanctuary to the ground ; They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name . 8  They said in their heart , "Let us completely subdue them." They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land . 9  We do not see our signs ; There is no longer any prophet , Nor is there any among us who knows how long . 10  How long e , O God , will the adversary revile , And the enemy spurn Your name forever ? 11  Why do You withdraw Your hand , even Your right hand ? From within Your bosom , destroy them!

12  Yet God is my king from of old , Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth . 13  You divided the sea by Your strength ; You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters . 14  You crushed the heads of Leviathan ; You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness . 15  You broke open springs and torrents ; You dried up ever-flowing streams . 16  Yours is the day , Yours also is the night ; You have prepared the light and the sun . 17  You have established all the boundaries of the earth ; You have made summer and winter .

18  Remember this , O Lord , that the enemy has reviled , And a foolish people has spurned Your name . 19  Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast ; Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever . 20  Consider the covenant ; For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence . 21  Let not the oppressed return dishonored ; Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name . 22  Arise , O God , and plead Your own cause ; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long. 23  Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries , The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually .

God Abases the Wicked and Exalts the Righteous

75 1  We give thanks to You, O God , we give thanks , For Your name is near ; Men declare Your wondrous works . 2  "When I select an appointed time , It is I who judge with equity . 3  "The earth and all who dwell in it melt ; It is I who have firmly set its pillars . Selah . 4  "I said to the boastful , 'Do not boast ,' And to the wicked , ' Do not lift up the horn ; 5  Do not lift up your horn on high , Do not speak with insolent pride .' "

6  For not from the east , nor from the west , Nor from the desert comes exaltation ; 7  But God is the Judge ; He puts down one and exalts another . 8  For a cup is in the hand of the Lord , and the wine foams ; It is well mixed , and He pours out of this ; Surely all the wicked of the earth must drain and drink down its dregs . 9  But as for me, I will declare it forever ; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob . 10  And all the horns of the wicked He will cut off , But the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.

The God of Victory and Judgment

76 1  God is known in Judah ; His name is great in Israel . 2  His tabernacle is in Salem ; His dwelling place also is in Zion . 3  There He broke the flaming arrows , The shield and the sword and the weapons of war . Selah . 4  You are resplendent , More majestic than the mountains of prey . 5  The stouthearted e were plundered , They sank into sleep ; And none e of the warriors could use his hands . 6  At Your rebuke , O God of Jacob , Both rider and horse were cast into a dead sleep .

7  You, even You, are to be feared ; And who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry ? 8  You caused judgment to be heard from heaven ; The earth feared and was still 9  When God arose to judgment , To save all the humble of the earth . Selah . 10  For the wrath of man shall praise You; With a remnant of wrath You will gird Yourself. 11  Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; Let all who are around Him bring gifts to Him who is to be feared . 12  He will cut off the spirit of princes ; He is feared by the kings of the earth .

Comfort from Recalling God's Mighty Deeds

77 1  My voice rises to God , and I will cry aloud ; My voice rises to God , and He will hear me. 2  In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord ; In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness ; My soul refused to be comforted . 3  When I remember God , then I am disturbed ; When I sigh , then my spirit grows faint . Selah . 4  You have held my eyelids e open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak . 5  I have considered the days of old , The years of long ago . 6  I will remember my song in the night ; I will meditate with my heart , And my spirit ponders : 7  Will the Lord reject forever ? And will He never be favorable again ? 8  Has His lovingkindness ceased forever ? Has His promise come to an end forever ? 9  Has God forgotten to be gracious , Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion ? Selah . 10  Then I said , " It is my grief , That the right hand of the Most High has changed ."

11  I shall remember the deeds of the Lord ; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old . 12  I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds . 13  Your way , O God , is holy ; What god is great like our God ? 14  You are the God who works wonders ; You have made known Your strength among the peoples . 15  You have by Your power redeemed Your people , The sons of Jacob and Joseph . Selah . 16  The waters saw You, O God ; The waters saw You, they were in anguish ; The deeps also trembled . 17  The clouds poured out water ; The skies gave forth a sound ; Your arrows flashed here and there. 18  The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind ; The lightnings lit up the world ; The earth trembled and shook . 19  Your way was in the sea And Your paths in the mighty waters , And Your footprints may not be known . 20  You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron .

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