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Book 2

Psalms 42—72

Wishing to Be Near God

For the director of music. A maskil of the sons of Korah.

42 A deer thirsts for a stream of water.
    In the same way, I thirst for you, God.
I thirst for the living God.
    When can I go to meet with him?
Day and night, my tears have been my food.
People are always saying,
    “Where is your God?”
When I remember these things,
    I speak with a broken heart.
I used to walk with the crowd.
    I led the happy crowd to God’s Temple,
    with songs of praise.

Why am I so sad?
    Why am I so upset?
I should put my hope in God.
    I should keep praising him,
My Savior and     my God.

I am very sad.
    So I remember you while I am in the land where the Jordan River begins.
I will remember you while I am near the Hermon mountains
    and on the mountain of Mizar.
Troubles have come again and again.
    They sound like waterfalls.
Your waves are crashing
    all around me.
The Lord shows his true love every day.
    At night I have a song,
    and I pray to my living God.
I say to God, my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why am I sad
    and troubled by my enemies?”
10 My enemies’ insults make me feel
    as if my bones were broken.
They are always saying,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why am I so sad?
    Why am I so upset?
I should put my hope in God.
    I should keep praising him,
    my Savior and my God.

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