1I WILL cry to God with my voice, even to God with my voice, and He will give ear and hearken to me.
2In the day of my trouble I seek (inquire of and desperately require) the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out [in prayer] without slacking up; I refuse to be comforted.
3I [earnestly] remember God; I am disquieted and I groan; I muse in prayer, and my spirit faints [overwhelmed]. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
4You hold my eyes from closing; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
5I consider the days of old, the years of bygone times [of prosperity].
6I call to remembrance my song in the night; with my heart I meditate and my spirit searches diligently:
7Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more?
8Have His mercy and loving-kindness ceased forever? Have His promises ended for all time?
9Has God [deliberately] abandoned or forgotten His graciousness? Has He in anger shut up His compassion? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!