For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.
1I cried out to GOD for help;
I cried out to GOD To Hear me.
2When I was in distress, I sought The Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
3I remembered YOU, GOD, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
4YOU Kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
5I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
6I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7“Will The Lord Reject forever?
Will HE Never Show His Favor again?
8Has His Unfailing Love Vanished forever?
Has His Promise Failed for all time?
9Has GOD Forgotten To Be Merciful?
Has HE in Anger Withheld His Compassion?”
10Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High Stretched Out His Right Hand.
11I will remember the Deeds of The Lord;
yes, I will remember YOUR Miracles of long ago.
12I will consider all YOU Works
and meditate on all YOUR Mighty Deeds.”
13YOUR Ways, GOD, Are Holy.
What god Is As Great As our GOD?
14YOU Are The GOD Who Performs miracles;
YOU Display YOUR Power among the peoples.
15With YOUR Mighty Arm YOU Redeemed YOUR people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
16The waters saw YOU, GOD,
the waters saw YOU and Writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
17The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
YOUR Arrows Flashed Back and Forth.
18YOUR Thunder Was Heard in the whirlwind,
YOUR Lightning Lit Up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
19YOUR Path Led through the sea,
YOUR Way through the mighty waters,
though YOUR Footprints Were Not Seen.
20YOU Led YOUR people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
This Psalm, according to the method of many other psalms, begins with sorrowful complaints but ends with comfortable encouragements.
I. The psalmist complains here of the deep impressions which his troubles made upon his spirits, and the temptation he was in to despair of relief (v. 1-10).
II. He encourages himself to hope that it would be well at last, by the remembrance of GOD's former Appearances for the help of His people, of which he gives several instances (v. 11-20).
In singing this Psalm we must take shame to ourselves for all our sinful distrusts of GOD, and of His Providence and Promise, and give to Him the Glory of His Power and Goodness by a thankful commemoration of what HE Has Done For us formerly and a cheerful dependence on Him for the future.