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Psalm 44 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Wake Up, Lord, We’re in Trouble

For the Pure and Shining One by the prophetic singers of Korah’s clan

A contemplative poem for instruction

The Past

44 1–2 God, we’ve heard about all the glorious miracles
    you’ve done for our ancestors in days gone by.
    They told us about the ancient times, how by your power
    you drove out the ungodly nations from this land,
    crushing all their strongholds and giving the land to us.
    Now the people of Israel cover the land
    from one end to the other,
    all because of your grace and power!
Our forefathers didn’t take the land by their own strength
    or their own skill or strategy.
    But it was through the shining forth of your radiant presence
    and the display of your mighty power.
    You loved to give them victory,
    for you took great delight in them.
You are my God, my King!
    It’s now time to decree majesties for Jacob!
Through your glorious name and your awesome power,
    we can push through to any victory and defeat every enemy.
For I will not trust in the weapons of the world;[a]
    I know they will never save me.
Only you will be our Savior from all our enemies.
    All those who hate us you have brought to shame.
So now I constantly boast in you.
    I can never thank you enough!
Pause in his presence

The Present

But you have turned your back on us; you walked off and left us!
    You’ve rejected us, tossing us aside in humiliating shame.
    You don’t go before us anymore in our battles.
10 We retreat before our enemies in defeat,
    for you are no longer helping us.
    Those who hate us have invaded our land
    and plundered our people.
11 You have treated us like sheep in the slaughter pen,
    ready to be butchered.
    You’ve scattered us to the four winds.
12 You have sold us as slaves for nothing!
    You have counted us, your precious ones, as worthless.
13 You have caused our neighbors to despise and scorn us.
    All those around us mock and curse us.
14 You have made us the butt of their jokes.
    Disliked by all, we are the laughingstock of the people.
15–16 There’s no escape from this constant curse, this humiliation!
    We are despised, jeered, overwhelmed by shame,
    and overcome at every turn
    by our hateful and heartless enemies.
17 Despite all of this, we have not forgotten you;
    we have not broken covenant with you.
18 We have not betrayed you; our hearts are still yours.
    Our steps have not strayed from your path.
19 Yet you have crushed us,
    leaving us in this wilderness place of misery and desperation.[b]
    With nowhere else to turn,
    death’s dark door seems to be the only way out.
20–21 If we had forsaken your holy name, wouldn’t you know it?
    You’d be right in leaving us.
    If we had worshiped before other gods,
    no one would blame you for punishing us.
    God, you know our every heart-secret.
    You know we still want you!
22 Because of you we face death threats every day.
    Like martyrs we are dying daily.
    We are seen as lambs lined up to be slaughtered as sacrifices.

The Future

23 So wake up, Lord God!
    Why would you sleep when we’re in trouble?
    Are you forsaking us forever?
24 You can’t hide your face any longer from us!
    How could you forget our agonizing sorrow?
25 Now we lay facedown, sinking into the dust of death,
    the quicksand of the grave.
26 Arise, awake, and come to help us, O Lord.
    Let your unfailing love save us from this sorrow!


  1. 44:6 Or “bow and sword.”
  2. 44:19 Or “in this place of jackals.”
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Psalm 44 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 44[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]

We have heard it with our ears, O God;
    our ancestors have told us
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.
With your hand you drove out the nations
    and planted our ancestors;
you crushed the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.
It was not by their sword that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
    and the light of your face, for you loved them.

You are my King and my God,
    who decrees[c] victories for Jacob.
Through you we push back our enemies;
    through your name we trample our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,
    my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory over our enemies,
    you put our adversaries to shame.
In God we make our boast all day long,
    and we will praise your name forever.[d]

But now you have rejected and humbled us;
    you no longer go out with our armies.
10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
    and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold your people for a pittance,
    gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
    the scorn and derision of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads at us.
15 I live in disgrace all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame
16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned back;
    our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
    you covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face
    and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
    our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us;
    rescue us because of your unfailing love.


  1. Psalm 44:1 In Hebrew texts 44:1-26 is numbered 44:2-27.
  2. Psalm 44:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 44:4 Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew King, O God; / command
  4. Psalm 44:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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