Psalm 42
New American Standard Bible
BOOK 2

Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.

For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.

1As the deer pants for the water brooks,
  So my soul pants for You, O God.


2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
  When shall I come and appear before God?


3My tears have been my food day and night,
  While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”


4These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
  For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,
  With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.


5Why are you in despair, O my soul?
  And why have you become disturbed within me?
  Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
  For the help of His presence.


6O my God, my soul is in despair within me;
  Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan
  And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.


7Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
  All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.


8The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
  And His song will be with me in the night,
  A prayer to the God of my life.


9I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?
  Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”


10As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
  While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”


11Why are you in despair, O my soul?
  And why have you become disturbed within me?
  Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
  The help of my countenance and my God.


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