(A Psalm by Asaph for the music leader.
To the tune “Lilies of the Covenant.”)
Help Our Nation
1 Shepherd of Israel, you lead
Joseph’s descendants; you sit on
Your throne above the cherubim.
Please hear our prayer; let your light shine
2 For tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh,
And Benjamin. Save us by your
Might; 3 God, build us up strong again.
Smile on us and save us. 4 Lord God
Almighty, how much longer will
The prayers of your own people make
You angry? 5 You gave us some tears
For food; you made us drink them by
The bowlful. 6 Due to you, our foes
Who live near laugh and joke about
Us, 7 but if you should smile on us,
We will be saved; 8 once we were like
A grapevine that you brought from Egypt.
You chased the other nations off
And planted us here, 9 then you cleared
The ground, and we put our roots deep,
Spreading above the land. 10 The shade
This vine made covered mountains and
Its branches climbed the mighty cedars
11 And stretched out to the sea; and its
New growth reached to the river. 12 Our
Lord, why have you torn down the wall
From ‘round the vineyard? You let all
Who stroll by pick the grapes, 13 and now
The vine is gobbled down by pigs
Out of the woods and other beasts.
14 O God Almighty, please do something:
Look down from heaven and see what’s
Happening to this vine. 15 With your
Own hands you placed its roots in soil;
You raised it as your very own.
16 Enemies chopped the vine down and
Set it on fire; now show your anger
And ruin them, 17 but help the one who sits
At your right side, the one you raised to be
Your own, 18 then we will never turn
Away; put new life into us,
And we will worship you. 19 Lord God
Almighty, strengthen us again;
Smile on us and save us from them.