Israel complains of the troubles they have to face, but at the end of the Psalm an appeal is made to “God’s faithful love.” That’s the right place to go looking for help!

Israel complains of the troubles they have to face, but at the end of the Psalm an appeal is made to “God’s faithful love.” That’s the right place to go looking for help!

BibleGateway: Psalm 44

ESV Text: Psalm 44


KJV Text:

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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 44:

     1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil. We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. 2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out. 3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them. 4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob. 5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. 7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us. 8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

     9 But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies. 10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. 11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen. 12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price. 13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. 14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people. 15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me, 16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

     17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant. 18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way; 19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death. 20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; 21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. 22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. 23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. 24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? 25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. 26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 568 (LSB 785):
We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator

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1. We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator, 
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring; 
We lay it before Thee, We kneel and adore Thee, 
We bless Thy holy name, glad praises we sing. 

2. We worship Thee, God of our fathers, we bless Thee; 
Through life’s storm and tempest our Guide hast Thou been; 
When perils o’ertake us, Escape Thou wilt make us, 
And with Thy help, O Lord, our battles we win. 

3. With voices united our praises we offer, 
To Thee, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise. 
Thy strong arm will guide us, Our God is beside us, 
To Thee, our great Redeemer, fore’er be praise. 


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