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-Praying Psalm 44

by Request ~ July 25th, 2015

A Maskil[1] of the Sons of Korah.

44 O God, we have heard with our ears,
our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
2 you with your own hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but them you set free;
3 for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you delighted in them.

4 You are my King, O God;
ordain salvation for Jacob!
5 Through you we push down our foes;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
6 For not in my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
7 But you have saved us from our foes
and have put to shame those who hate us.
8 In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah

9 But you have rejected us and disgraced us
and have not gone out with our armies.
10 You have made us turn back from the foe,
and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11 You have made us like sheep for slaughter
and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
13 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
the derision and scorn of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations,
a laughingstock[2] among the peoples.
15 All day long my disgrace is before me,
and shame has covered my face
16 at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.

17 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our steps departed from your way;
19 yet you have broken us in the place of jackals
and covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God discover this?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
24 Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
26 Rise up; come to our help!
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!  (ESV)

Footnotes:

1.  Probably a musical or liturgical term

2. Hebrew a shaking of the head


Our Father,

We have read the stories of your salvation and great deeds among the nations in the past. Our own history is filled with accounts of how you were at the foundation of our nation guiding events and bringing forth leaders and the people rejoiced and praised your name.

Now our land is falling away and many are saying that the stories of old are but ancient legends and the miracles of our beginning are nothing but coincidences. The vision that brought forth our nation nothing but vain delusions of immoral white men. Now your words are being ridiculed and your teaching is called passé by some who say that believers in you are ‘on the wrong side of history.’ We have become a ‘byword’ among the so-called progressives in our nation, a laughingstock among the academics who consider themselves to be ‘wise’ and knowledgeable.

But the followers of your Son Jesus continue to praise your name and lift up your teaching before a scoffing nation. Your Holy Spirit continues to dwell in our  midst and bring joy and confidence into our lives. We continue to proclaim that you are the author of history, the creator of all things including the very laws that science observes and records as ‘the truth.’

We live in a world where thousands that bare the name of your Son are being killed ‘like sheep for slaughter and have scattered among the nations’ by those who claim to know you by another name and follow a false account of your teaching. But nevertheless, thousands continue to come to Christ out of the darkness and sing songs of joy for finding the truth. There is world revival and world slaughter at the same time.

Do not forget us in this land O Lord. Bring forth your revival once more among our people. Let the healing and miracles of your Kingdom come down in our midst and transform our families, our neighborhoods, our cities and nation. Let the unbelievers be in the minority once more and let them be afraid to open their mouths as they were in former years. Let the plans of the enemy be turned back once more.

Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love! Let your Word be proclaimed in power across this land and let the truth be confirmed by works and miracles which can not be explained away. Bring revival and light to a nation falling into darkness and living water to a thirsty people seeking the truth. Let there be new stories of your salvation and wonderful deeds in this generation.

In Jesus name,  Amen.

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