BOOK TWO: Psalms 42—72

Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.
  1As the deer pants for the water brooks,
   So pants my soul 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 continually say to me,
   “Where is your God?”
  4When I remember these things,
   I pour out my soul within me.
   For I used to go with the multitude;
   I went with them to the house of God,
   With the voice of joy and praise,
   With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
  5Why are you cast down, O my soul?
   And why are you disquieted within me?
   Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
   For the help of His countenance.
  6O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
   Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
   And from the heights of Hermon,
   From the Hill Mizar.
   7Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
   All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
   8The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
   And in the night His song shall be with me—
   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 with a breaking of my bones,
   My enemies reproach me,
   While they say to me all day long,
   “Where is your God?”
  11Why are you cast down, O my soul?
   And why are you disquieted within me?
   Hope in God;
   For I shall yet praise Him,
   The help of my countenance and my God.