Come to Our Help
To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.
 O God, we have heard with our ears,
our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
 you with your own hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but them you set free;
 for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you delighted in them.
 You are my King, O God;
ordain salvation for Jacob!
 Through you we push down our foes;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
 For not in my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
 But you have saved us from our foes
and have put to shame those who hate us.
 In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
 But you have rejected us and disgraced us
and have not gone out with our armies.
 You have made us turn back from the foe,
and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
 You have made us like sheep for slaughter
and have scattered us among the nations.
 You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
the derision and scorn of those around us.
 You have made us a byword among the nations,
a laughingstock among the peoples.
 All day long my disgrace is before me,
and shame has covered my face
 at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
 Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our steps departed from your way;
 yet you have broken us in the place of jackals
and covered us with the shadow of death.
 If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
 would not God discover this?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
 Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
 Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
 Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
 Rise up; come to our help!
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love! (ESV)
Call to Worship
 Let my cry come before you, O LORD;
give me understanding according to your word!
 Let my plea come before you;
deliver me according to your word.
 My lips will pour forth praise,
for you teach me your statutes.
 My tongue will sing of your word,
for all your commandments are right.
 Let your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
 I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.
 Let my soul live and praise you,
and let your rules help me.
 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments. (ESV)
Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy. We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God. Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness. In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit. Amen.
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