For the director of music. A psalm of Asaph to the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.”
Shepherd of Israel, hear us. You lead the people of Joseph like a flock. You sit on your throne between the cherubim. Show your glory
2 to the people of Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Call your strength into action. Come and save us.
3 God, make us new again. Let your face smile on us with favour. Then we will be saved.
4 Lord God who rules over all, how long will your anger burn against the prayers of your people?
5 You have given us tears as our food. You have made us drink tears by the bowlful.
6 You have let our neighbours fight against us. Our enemies laugh at us.
7 God who rules over all, make us new again. Let your face smile on us with favour. Then we will be saved. 8 You brought Israel out of Egypt. Israel was like a vine. After you drove the nations out of Canaan, you planted the vine in their land.
9 You prepared the ground for it. It took root and spread out over the whole land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade. The shade of its branches covered the mighty cedar trees.
11 Your vine sent its branches out all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. They reached as far as the Euphrates River.
12 Why have you broken down the walls around your vine? Now all who pass by it can pick its grapes.
13 Wild pigs from the forest destroy it. The creatures of the field feed on it.
14 God who rules over all, return to us! Look down from heaven and see us! Watch over your vine.
15 Guard the root you have planted with your powerful right hand. Take care of the branch you have raised up for yourself.
16 Your vine has been cut down. Fire has burned it up. You have been angry with us, and we are dying.
17 May you honour the people at your right hand. May you honour the nation you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we won’t turn away from you. Give us new life. We will worship you.
19 Lord God who rules over all, make us new again. Let your face smile on us with favour. Then we will be saved.