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Psalm 77 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 77

Will the Lord Reject Forever?

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For the choir director. According to Jeduthun.[a] By Asaph. A psalm.

The Question

With my voice to God—
with my voice I cried out to God,
and he listened to me.
In the day when I was distressed I sought the Lord.
At night my hand was stretched out,
and it never grew tired,
but my soul refused to be comforted.
God, I remembered and I groaned.
I pondered, and my spirit became weak. Interlude
You propped my eyelids open.
I was troubled but did not speak.
I thought about the days of long ago, the years long past.
During the night I remembered my music.
With my heart I pondered, and my spirit asked,
“Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never again show favor?
Has his mercy vanished to the end?
Has what he said failed for all generations?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he really shut up his compassion in anger?” Interlude

The Answer

10 Then I said, “This is what hurts me:
the change of the right hand of the Most High.”[b]
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord.[c]
Yes, I will remember your wonderful work from long ago.
12 I will meditate on all your work,
and I will ponder all your deeds.
13 O God, your way is carried out in holiness.
What god is as great as God?
14 You are the God who performs a wonderful deed.
You made known your power among the peoples.
15 With your arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Interlude
16 The waters saw you, O God.
The waters saw you and swirled.
Even the depths were turbulent.
17 The clouds poured down water.
The skies echoed with thunder.
Indeed, your arrows shot back and forth.
18 The sound of your thunder was heard in the tornado.
Lightning lit up the world.
The earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your route led through the sea.
Your trail went through the mighty waters,
but your footprints were not detected.
20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 77:1 This may refer to a tune or musical style associated with Jeduthun, a musician who was a contemporary of David.
  2. Psalm 77:10 The meaning of this line is cryptic. The Hebrew seems to say: This is my wounding, the changing (or the years) of the right hand of the Most High.
  3. Psalm 77:11 Yah, the short form of the divine name, is used instead of the full form, Yahweh.
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.

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