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Remembering God’s Help

For the director of music. For Jeduthun [C a Levitical musician; 1 Chr. 16:41–42; 25:1, 6; 2 Chr. 5:12]. A psalm of Asaph [C a Levitical musician, a descendant of Gershon, at the time of David; 1 Chr. 6:39; 15:17; 2 Chr. 5:12].

77 I cry out to God;
    I call to God, and he ·will hear [or heard] me.
I ·look [sought] for the Lord on the day of ·trouble [L my distress].
    All night long I ·reach out my untiring hands [L flow forth my hand and it does not grow weak],
    but I ·cannot [refuse to] be comforted.
When I remember God, I ·become upset [moan];
    when I ·think [reflect; meditate], ·I become afraid [my soul faints]. ·Selah [Interlude]

You ·keep my eyes from closing [L grab the eyelids of my eyes].
    I am too ·upset [disturbed] to say anything.
I keep thinking about the old days,
    the years of long ago [C when things were going well].
At night I remember my songs.
    I ·think [meditate] and ·I ask myself [L my spirit inquires]:
“Will the Lord reject us forever?
    Will he never be ·kind [favorable] to us again?
Is his ·love [loyalty] gone forever?
    Has he stopped speaking for all time [C he questions God’s commitment to the covenant]?
Has God forgotten ·mercy [compassion]?
    Is he too angry to ·pity [have mercy on] us?” ·Selah [Interlude]
10 Then I say, “This is what makes me sad:
    ·For years the power of God Most High was with us [L The right hand of the God Most High has changed].”

11 I remember what the Lord did;
    I remember the ·miracles [wonderful acts] you did long ago.
12 I ·think [mused] about all the things you did
    and ·consider [meditated on] your deeds.

13 God, your ways are holy.
    ·No god [L What god…?] is as great as our God.
14 You are the God who does ·miracles [wonders];
    you have ·shown [made known to] people your power.
15 By your ·power [L arm] you have ·saved [redeemed] your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. ·Selah [Interlude]

16 God, the waters saw you;
    they saw you and ·became afraid [L writhed];
    the deep waters shook with fear.
17 The clouds poured down their rain.
    The ·sky [clouds] ·thundered [L gave forth a sound].
    Your lightning flashed back and forth like arrows.
18 Your thunder sounded in the whirlwind.
    Lightning lit up the world.
    The earth trembled and ·shook [quaked].
19 You made a way through the sea
    and paths through the ·deep [L many] waters,
    but your footprints were not ·seen [revealed].
20 You led your people like a flock
    by ·using [L the hand of] Moses and Aaron [Ex. 14–15].

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