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 .