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How Can We Possibly Forgive Everything People Do to Us?
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 back the darkness of paganism and unbelief,
but Your church and Your gospel You planted;
You overthrew false gods and brought down unjust, oppressive regimes,
but Your own people You set free by the gospel;
for not by their own power and wisdom did they win salvation,
nor did their own arm save them,
but Your right hand and Your arm,
and the light of your face,
even Your Son, Jesus,
for You delighted in Your people and were pleased to save them and us.
We, too, have received Your salvation by Your grace in the power of the gospel.
You are my King, O God;
ordain salvation for Your people in this world!
Through You we push down our foes - the world, our flesh and the devil;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
For not in my strength or wisdom or goodness do I trust,
nor can my spirituality or religiosity save me.
But You have saved us from our foes
and have put to open shame those who hate us.
triumphing over them in the cross.
In God alone we boast continually,
and we will give thanks to Your name forever.
But You have allowed Your people to be disgraced around the world
and have not protected them from violence and oppression.
You have made the light of the gospel in Your church turn back from the darkness of Islam in the Middle East,
and those who hate Your have gotten spoil - rape and pillage and plunder, murder and burning.
Your people have been made us like sheep for slaughter
and You have scattered us among the nations.
You have made us the taunt of ISIS and other Muslim militants and communist oppressors,
the derision and scorn of those in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea.
All day long Your people face open disgrace,
and shame has covered their face
at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
All this has come upon Your people,
and we do not understand why;
it does not seem to be because they have forgotten you,
or been false to your covenant.
We do not understand; our hearts grieve.
You told us we would face persecution in this world,
but the painful reality of it is hard to bear.
Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
Awake! Deliver Your people, O Lord!
Do not leave us in 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!