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Psalm 77 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

Remembering God’s Help

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A song of Asaph.

77 I cry out loud to God.
    I call to God, and he will hear me.
I looked for the Lord on the day of trouble.
    All night long I reached out my hands.
    I cannot be comforted.
When I remember God, I become upset.
    When I think, I become afraid. Selah

You keep my eyes from closing.
    I am too upset to say anything.
I keep thinking about the old days,
    the years of long ago.
At night I remember my songs.
    I think, and I ask myself:
“Will the Lord reject us forever?
    Will he never be kind to us again?
Is his love gone forever?
    Has he stopped speaking for all time?
Has God forgotten mercy?
    Is he too angry to pity us?” Selah
10 Then I said, “This is what makes me sad:
    For years the power of God Most High was with us.”

11 I remember what the Lord did.
    I remember the miracles you did long ago.
12 I think about all the things you did.
    I think about what you have done.

13 God, your ways are holy.
    No god is as great as our God.
14 You are the God who did miracles.
    You showed people your power.
15 By your power you have saved your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

16 God, the waters saw you.
    They saw you and became afraid.
    The deep waters shook with fear.
17 The clouds poured down their rain.
    The sky thundered.
    Your lightning flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder sounded in the whirlwind.
    Lightning lit up the world.
    The earth trembled and shook.
19 You made a way through the sea
    and paths through the deep waters.
    But your footprints were not seen.
20 You led your people like a flock of sheep.
    You led them by using Moses and Aaron.

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Psalm 77 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 77[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I cried out to God for help;
    I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
    at night I stretched out untiring hands,
    and I would not be comforted.

I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b]
You kept my eyes from closing;
    I was too troubled to speak.
I thought about the former days,
    the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night.
    My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

“Will the Lord reject forever?
    Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
    Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters saw you, God,
    the waters saw you and writhed;
    the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
    the heavens resounded with thunder;
    your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
    your lightning lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
    your way through the mighty waters,
    though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 77:1 In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.
  2. Psalm 77:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 9 and 15.
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