(A psalm by Asaph for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies of the Agreement.”) Help Our Nation 80 1Shepherd of Israel, you lead the descendants of Joseph, and you sit on your throne above the winged creatures.[J] Listen to our prayer and let your light shine 2for the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Save us by your power. 3Our God, make us strong again! Smile on us and save us. 4LORD God All-Powerful, how much longer will the prayers of your people make you angry? 5You gave us tears for food, and you made us drink them by the bowlful. 6Because of you, our enemies who live nearby laugh and joke about us. 7Our God, make us strong again! Smile on us and save us. 8We were like a grapevine you brought out of Egypt. You chased other nations away and planted us here. 9Then you cleared the ground, and we put our roots deep, spreading over the land. 10Shade from this vine covered the mountains. Its branches climbed the mighty cedars 11and stretched to the sea; its new growth reached to the river.[K] 12Our Lord, why have you torn down the wall from around the vineyard? You let everyone who walks by pick the grapes. 13Now the vine is gobbled up by pigs from the forest and other wild animals. 14God All-Powerful, please do something! Look down from heaven and see what's happening to this vine. 15With your own hands you planted its roots, and you raised it as your very own. 16Enemies chopped the vine down and set it on fire. Now show your anger and destroy them. 17But help the one who sits at your right side,[L] the one you raised to be your very own. 18Then we will never turn away. Put new life into us, and we will worship you. 19LORD God All-Powerful, make us strong again! Smile on us and save us.
Contemporary English Version / ©1995 American Bible Society About