Psalm 77

In Times of Trouble God Is with His People

1 I pray to you, Lord God,
        and I beg you to listen.
2 In days filled with trouble,
        I search for you.
    And at night I tirelessly
    lift my hands in prayer,
        refusing comfort.
3 When I think of you,
        I feel restless and weak.

4 Because of you, Lord God,
        I can’t sleep.
    I am restless
        and can’t even talk.
5 I think of times gone by,
        of those years long ago.
6 Each night my mind
        is flooded with questions:
7 “Have you rejected me forever?
        Won’t you be kind again?
8 Is this the end of your love
        and your promises?
9 Have you forgotten
        how to have pity?
    Do you refuse to show mercy
        because of your anger?”
10 Then I said, “God Most High,
        what hurts me most
     is that you no longer help us
        with your mighty arm.”

11 Our Lord, I will remember
     the things you have done,
        your miracles of long ago.
12 I will think about each one
        of your mighty deeds.
13 Everything you do is right,
     and no other god
        compares with you.
14 You alone work miracles,
     and you have let nations
        see your mighty power.
15 With your own arm you rescued
     your people, the descendants
        of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The ocean looked at you, God,
     and it trembled deep down
        with fear.
17 Water flowed from the clouds.
        Thunder was heard above
     as your arrows of lightning
        flashed about.
18 Your thunder roared
        like chariot wheels.
     The world was made bright
     by lightning,
        and all the earth trembled.

19 You walked through the water
        of the mighty sea,
     but your footprints
        were never seen.
20 You guided your people
        like a flock of sheep,
     and you chose Moses and Aaron
        to be their leaders.


The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary