Psalm 42 New Revised Standard Version

Thirsting for God

42 1  As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. 2  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? 3  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, "Where is your God?" 4  These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. 5  Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help

6  and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7  Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me. 8  By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. 9  I say to God, my rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?" 10  As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, "Where is your God?" 11  Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.


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