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Psalms 42

BOOK TWO (Psalms 42–72)

For the choir director: A psalm [1]  of the descendants of Korah.
 1  "As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God."  2  I thirst for God, the living God.
  When can I go and stand before him?
 3  Day and night I have only tears for food,
  while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
  "Where is this God of yours?"

 4  My heart is breaking
  as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
  leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
  amid the sound of a great celebration!

 5  "Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!"  6  my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,
  but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
  from the land of Mount Mizar.
 7  I hear the tumult of the raging seas
  as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
 8  But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me,
  and through each night I sing his songs,
  praying to God who gives me life.

 9  "O God my rock," I cry,
  "Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
  oppressed by my enemies?"
 10  Their taunts break my bones.
  They scoff, "Where is this God of yours?"

 11  Why am I discouraged?
  Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
  I will praise him again—
  my Savior and my God!
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