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Psalm 42

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David's zeal to serve God in the temple.

For the Chief Musician. A contemplation by the sons of Korah.

42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
so my soul pants after you, God.

42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?

42:3 My tears have been my food day and night,
while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?”

42:4 These things I remember, and pour out my soul within me,
how I used to go with the crowd, and led them to the house of God,
with the voice of joy and praise, a multitude keeping a holy day.

He encourages his soul to trust in God.

42:5 Why are you in despair, my soul?
Why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God!
For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.

42:6 My God, my soul is in despair within me.
Therefore I remember you from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon, from the hill Mizar.

42:7 Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterfalls.
All your waves and your billows have swept over me.

42:8 Yahweh will command his loving kindness in the daytime.
In the night his song shall be with me:
a prayer to the God of my life.

42:9 I will ask God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

*42:10 As with a sword in my bones, my adversaries reproach me,
while they continually ask me,

“Where is your God?”

42:11 Why are you in despair, my soul?
Why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God! For I shall still praise him,
the saving help of my countenance, and my God.

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