1How long, Lord, will You forget me?
How long will You hide Your face?
2How long, Lord, will this depression
grip my soul in its embrace?
How long will this dreadful sorrow
pierce my heart all night and day?
How long will my soul’s attacker
be exalted o’er my way?
3Look on me, Lord, come and answer;
Light my eyes, lest death approach.
4Lest my enemy claim vict’ry
and my foes gloat in reproach.
5But I trust Your lovingkindness
and my heart shall yet rejoice;
6For the Lord has been good to me,
I will sing with heart and voice.
Portions adapted by Julie Tennent from the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter
1How long will You forget me, Lord? Shall it forever be?
How long, Lord, will it be that You will hide Your face from me?
2How long shall wrestling plague my thoughts, and sorrow fill my heart?
How long will foes their triumph boast; in gloating take their part?
3O Lord my God, consider well, and answer to me make:
My eyes enlighten, lest the sleep of death me overtake.
4And lest my enemy should say, “Against him I prevailed”;
And foes that trouble me rejoice, when I fall and have failed.
5But I trust Your unfailing love, which ever does endure;
My heart within me shall rejoice in Your salvation sure.
6I will unto the Lord my God sing praises cheerfully,
Because He has His bounty shown to me abundantly.