|Why have you rejected us forever, O God?
Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
How long will the enemy mock you, O God?
Will the foe revile your name forever?
Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
–Psalm 74 O LORD God Almighty, how long will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people?
–Psalm 80Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
How long, O LORD ? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all men!
What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave? Selah
O Lord, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David?
These prayers, daring as they may be, are still very much worship. They are not the cries of people who have given up on God. They are not sarcastic or rhetorical questions. Instead, they are songs of intercession, from a people whose only hope is found in their God. They are honoring to Him, because they show their need for total dependence on Him. The Psalmists cry out with these searching questions because they know God is powerful enough to change the situation. And they also know He is a God whose heart is full of compassion for his people. In other words, he is strong enough to intervene, and he is kind enough to do so too.