Psalm 42

[A special psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader.]

Longing for God

1 As a deer gets thirsty
        for streams of water,
    I truly am thirsty
        for you, my God.
2 In my heart, I am thirsty
    for you, the living God.
        When will I see your face?
3 Day and night my tears
        are my only food,
    as everyone keeps asking,
        “Where is your God?”

4 Sorrow floods my heart,
        when I remember
    leading the worshipers
        to your house.
    I can still hear them shout
        their joyful praises.
5 Why am I discouraged?
    Why am I restless?
        I trust you!
    And I will praise you again
    because you help me,
6     and you are my God.
    I am deeply discouraged
        as I think about you
    from where the Jordan begins
    at Mount Hermon
        and from Mount Mizar.
7 Your vicious waves
        have swept over me
    like an angry ocean
        or a roaring waterfall.

8 Every day, you are kind,
        and at night
    you give me a song
    as my prayer to you,
        the living Lord God.
9 You are my mighty rock.
        Why have you forgotten me?
    Why must enemies mistreat me
        and make me sad?
10 Even my bones are in pain,
        while all day long
    my enemies sneer and ask,
        “Where is your God?”

11 Why am I discouraged?
    Why am I restless?
        I trust you!
    And I will praise you again
    because you help me,
        and you are my God.

The Contemporary English Version, Copyright © 1995 by the American Bible Society.


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