Psalms 42

BOOK II

(Psalms 42-72)

Longing for God

1For the choir director. A
Maskil: From a Hebrew word meaning to be prudent or to have insight; possibly a contemplative, instructive, or wisdom psalm
Maskil
of the sons of Korah.

As a deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for You, God. b
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I come and appear before God? c
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
while all day long people say to me,
“Where is your God?” d
4 I remember this as I pour out my heart: e
how I walked with many,
leading the festive procession to the house of God,
with joyful and thankful shouts. f

5 Why am I so depressed?
Why this turmoil within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,
my Savior and my God. g
6 I
Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr; other Hb mss read Him, the salvation of His presence. (6) My God, I
am deeply depressed;
therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan
and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. i
7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls;
all Your breakers and Your billows have swept over me. j
8 The Lord will send His faithful love by day; k
His song will be with me in the night
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I will say to God, my rock l
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why must I go about in sorrow
because of the enemy’s oppression?” m
10 My adversaries taunt me,
as if crushing my bones,
while all day long they say to me,
“Where is your God?” n
11 Why am I so depressed?
Why this turmoil within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,
my Savior and my God. o

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