For the music director, Jeduthun; a psalm of Asaph.
77:1 I will cry out to God2 and call for help!
I will cry out to God and he will pay attention3 to me.
77:2 In my time of trouble I sought4 the Lord.
I kept my hand raised in prayer throughout the night.5
I6 refused to be comforted.
77:3 I said, “I will remember God while I groan;
I will think about him while my strength leaves me.”7 (Selah)
77:4 You held my eyelids open;8
I was troubled and could not speak.9
77:5 I thought about the days of old,
about ancient times.10
77:6 I said, “During the night I will remember the song I once sang;
I will think very carefully.”
I tried to make sense of what was happening.11
77:7 I asked,12 “Will the Lord reject me forever?
Will he never again show me his favor?
77:8 Has his loyal love disappeared forever?
Has his promise13 failed forever?
77:9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has his anger stifled his compassion?”
77:10 Then I said, “I am sickened by the thought
that the sovereign One14 might become inactive.15
77:11 I will remember the works of the Lord.
Yes, I will remember the amazing things you did long ago!16
77:12 I will think about all you have done;
I will reflect upon your deeds!”
77:1317 O God, your deeds are extraordinary!18
What god can compare to our great God?19
77:14 You are the God who does amazing things;
you have revealed your strength among the nations.
77:15 You delivered20 your people by your strength21 –
the children of Jacob and Joseph. (Selah)
77:16 The waters22 saw you, O God,
the waters saw you and trembled.23
Yes, the depths of the sea24 shook with fear.25
77:17 The clouds poured down rain;26
the skies thundered.27
Yes, your arrows28 flashed about.
77:18 Your thunderous voice was heard in the wind;
the lightning bolts lit up the world;
the earth trembled and shook.29
77:19 You walked through the sea;30
you passed through the surging waters,31
but left no footprints.32
77:20 You led your people like a flock of sheep,
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.