Why do you sleep?
Do not cast us off forever!
Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
We sink down to the dust.
Our bodies cling to the ground.
Come to our help!
For the sake of your steadfast love!’
Instead of an ending praise, this is like a command to God to help them. This psalmist wanted God to wake up from his sleep. They did not want to be cast off forever. Why was God hiding his face? Had he forgotten about their afflictions and oppressions? They were sinking like dust on the ground. He wanted God to rise up and help him. He wanted God to show his steadfast love by saving them.