Comfort in Trouble from Recalling God’s Mighty Deeds.
To the Chief Musician; according to Jeduthun [one of David’s three chief musicians, founder of an official musical family]. A Psalm of Asaph.
1My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud;
My voice rises to God, and He will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I [desperately] sought the Lord;
In the night my hand was stretched out [in prayer] without weariness;
My soul refused to be comforted.
I remember God; then I am disquieted and I groan;
I sigh [in prayer], and my spirit grows faint. Selah.
You have held my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I have considered the ancient days,
The years [of prosperity] of long, long ago.
I will remember my song in the night;
I will meditate with my heart,
And my spirit searches:
Will the Lord reject forever?
And will He never be favorable again?
Has His lovingkindness ceased forever?
Have His promises ended for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion? Selah.
And I said, “This is my grief,
That the right hand of the Most High has changed [and His lovingkindness is withheld].”
I will [solemnly] remember the deeds of the Lord;
Yes, I will [wholeheartedly] remember Your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all Your works
And thoughtfully consider all Your [great and wondrous] deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy [far from sin and guilt].
What god is great like our God?
You are the [awesome] God who works [powerful] wonders;
You have demonstrated Your power among the people.
You have with Your [great] arm redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
The waters [of the Red Sea] saw You, O God;
The waters saw You, they were in anguish;
The deeps also trembled.
The clouds poured down water;
The skies sent out a sound [of rumbling thunder];
Your arrows (lightning) flashed here and there.
The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
The lightnings illumined the world;
The earth trembled and shook.
Your way [of escape for Your people] was through the sea,
And Your paths through the great waters,
And Your footprints were not traceable.
You led Your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron [to the promised goal].