1 I cried out to God for help; ¶ I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, ¶ and I would not be comforted.
3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned; ¶ I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. [^1]
4 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.
5 I thought about the former days, the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night. My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7 "Will the Lord reject forever? ¶ Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time?
9 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.