74 A well-written song 1 by Asaph.
Why, O God, have you permanently rejected us? 2
Why does your anger burn 3 against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember your people 4 whom you acquired in ancient times,
whom you rescued 5 so they could be your very own nation, 6
as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell!
3 Hurry and look 7 at the permanent ruins,
and all the damage the enemy has done to the temple! 8
4 Your enemies roar 9 in the middle of your sanctuary; 10
they set up their battle flags. 11
5 They invade like lumberjacks
swinging their axes in a thick forest. 12
6 And now 13 they are tearing down 14 all its engravings 15
with axes 16 and crowbars. 17
7 They set your sanctuary on fire;
they desecrate your dwelling place by knocking it to the ground. 18
8 They say to themselves, 19
“We will oppress all of them.” 20
They burn down all the places where people worship God in the land. 21
9 We do not see any signs of God’s presence; 22
there are no longer any prophets 23
and we have no one to tell us how long this will last. 24
10 How long, O God, will the adversary hurl insults?
Will the enemy blaspheme your name forever?
11 Why do you remain inactive?
Intervene and destroy him! 25
12 But God has been my 26 king from ancient times,
performing acts of deliverance on the earth. 27
13 You destroyed 28 the sea by your strength;
you shattered the heads of the sea monster 29 in the water.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan; 30
you fed 31 him to the people who live along the coast. 32
15 You broke open the spring and the stream; 33
you dried up perpetually flowing rivers. 34
16 You established the cycle of day and night; 35
you put the moon 36 and sun in place. 37
17 You set up all the boundaries 38 of the earth;
you created the cycle of summer and winter. 39
18 Remember how 40 the enemy hurls insults, O Lord, 41
and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!
19 Do not hand the life of your dove 42 over to a wild animal!
Do not continue to disregard 43 the lives of your oppressed people!
20 Remember your covenant promises, 44
for the dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules. 45
21 Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame!
Let the oppressed and poor praise your name! 46
22 Rise up, O God! Defend your honor! 47
Remember how fools insult you all day long! 48
23 Do not disregard 49 what your enemies say, 50
or the unceasing shouts of those who defy you. 51
75 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 1 a psalm of Asaph; a song.
We give thanks to you, O God! We give thanks!
You reveal your presence; 2
people tell about your amazing deeds.
2 God says, 3
“At the appointed times, 4
I judge 5 fairly.
3 When the earth and all its inhabitants dissolve in fear, 6
I make its pillars secure.” 7 (Selah) 4 8
I say to the proud, “Do not be proud,”
and to the wicked, “Do not be so confident of victory! 9
5 Do not be so certain you have won! 10
Do not speak with your head held so high! 11
6 For victory does not come from the east or west,
or from the wilderness. 12
7 For God is the judge! 13
He brings one down and exalts another. 14
8 For the Lord holds in his hand a cup full
of foaming wine mixed with spices, 15
and pours it out. 16
Surely all the wicked of the earth
will slurp it up and drink it to its very last drop.” 17
9 As for me, I will continually tell what you have done; 18
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob!
10 God says, 19
“I will bring down all the power of the wicked;
the godly will be victorious.” 20
76 For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of Asaph, a song.
God has revealed himself in Judah; 1
in Israel his reputation 2 is great.
2 He lives in Salem; 3
he dwells in Zion. 4
3 There he shattered the arrows, 5
the shield, the sword, and the rest of the weapons of war. 6 (Selah)
4 You shine brightly and reveal your majesty,
as you descend from the hills where you killed your prey. 7
5 The bravehearted 8 were plundered; 9
they “fell asleep.” 10
All the warriors were helpless. 11
6 At the sound of your battle cry, 12 O God of Jacob,
both rider 13 and horse “fell asleep.” 14
7 You are awesome! Yes, you!
Who can withstand your intense anger? 15
8 From heaven you announced what their punishment would be. 16
The earth 17 was afraid and silent
9 when God arose to execute judgment,
and to deliver all the oppressed of the earth. (Selah)
10 Certainly 18 your angry judgment upon men will bring you praise; 19
you reveal your anger in full measure. 20
11 Make vows to the Lord your God and repay them!
Let all those who surround him 21 bring tribute to the awesome one!
12 He humbles princes; 22
the kings of the earth regard him as awesome. 23