1 I cry aloud to God; ♦
I cry aloud to God and he will hear me.
2 In the day of my trouble I have sought the Lord; ♦
by night my hand is stretched out and does not tire;
my soul refuses comfort.
3 I think upon God and I groan; ♦
I ponder, and my spirit faints.
4 You will not let my eyelids close; ♦
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
5 I consider the days of old; ♦
I remember the years long past;
6 I commune with my heart in the night; ♦
my spirit searches for understanding.
7 Will the Lord cast us off for ever? ♦
Will he no more show us his favour?
8 Has his loving mercy clean gone for ever? ♦
Has his promise come to an end for evermore?
9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? ♦
Has he shut up his compassion in displeasure?
10 And I said, ‘My grief is this: ♦
that the right hand of the Most High has lost its strength.’
11 I will remember the works of the Lord ♦
and call to mind your wonders of old time.
12 I will meditate on all your works ♦
and ponder your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy; ♦
who is so great a god as our God?
14 You are the God who worked wonders ♦
and declared your power among the peoples.
15 With a mighty arm you redeemed your people, ♦
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
16 The waters saw you, O God;
the waters saw you and were afraid; ♦
the depths also were troubled.
17 The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; ♦
your arrows flashed on every side;
18 The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the ground; ♦
the earth trembled and shook.
19 Your way was in the sea, and your paths in the great waters, ♦
but your footsteps were not known.
20 You led your people like sheep ♦
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
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