Psalms 42

BOOK II Psalms 42-72

As the Deer Pants for the Water

For the choirmaster. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.
In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When shall I come and appear in God’s presence?
Or and see the face of God
My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things come to mind as I pour out my soul: how I walked with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and praise. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why the unease within me? Put your hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the salvation of His presence. O my God, my soul despairs within me. Therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan and the peaks of Hermon— from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and waves have rolled over me. The LORD decrees His loving devotion by day; and at night His song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. I will say to God, my rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why must I walk in sorrow because of the enemy’s oppression?” 10  Like the crushing of my bones, my enemies taunt me, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11  Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why the unease within me? Put your hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.
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