– Someone had hurt the Jews
– The Jews had done nothing wrong.
We do not know when this happened. Perhaps it was when David was king, or up to 500 years after.
God Help Us!
This is a
It is for the music leader of the
Our fathers told it to us.
They told us what you did for them a long time ago.
and put our fathers in.
You broke our enemies but gave help to our fathers.
Their own power did not win the fight. It was you and
· your right hand
· your arm
· the light on your face
that did it because you were their friend.
You are the one that said that Jacob must win.
Because of your name, we beat those that fought us.
I do not think that my sword won the fight.
You make the people that
We will always praise your name.
You have made us ashamed.
You do not go out with our armies.
Those people that hate us take what they like from us!
You have thrown us into other countries.
You have sold them and not got anything for it!
Everyone round us laughs at us and
Everybody is sorry for us.
I do not know where to look.
· the bad things that people say about me
· the people that do bad things to me
· the people that are my enemies
· the people that are happy because they hurt me.
We did not forget our
nor did our feet turn from your path.
You covered us with great
· forgotten the name of our God, or
· lifted up our hands to a foreign god
He knows the secrets of people's hearts.
They think that we are
The Jews had done nothing wrong, but their enemies had done bad things to them. This often happens to Christian people. Why does God let it happen? He does it to make his people strong. Sheep were animals that people killed for the meat. ‘Thrown us into other countries’ means ‘put us in countries where we did not live before.’ The covenant in verse 17 is what God agreed to do if his people obeyed him. Here, in verses 17-22, the people are saying that they kept their part of the covenant, but God did not keep his. In other words, they obeyed God, but he did not care for them. We often feel like this. When it happens we must remember that:
– God lets it happen to make us strong
– We must go on believing in God.
It happened to Jesus, and we must be like him!
Get up! Do not throw us away
Why do you forget our trouble
and the way that people hurt us?
Our bodies are on the ground.
Save us, because of your kind love.