(A special psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader.)
Longing for God
42 As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my God. 2 In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God. When will I see your face? 3 Day and night my tears are my only food, as everyone keeps asking, “Where is your God?”
4 Sorrow floods my heart, when I remember leading the worshipers to your house.[a] I can still hear them shout their joyful praises. 5 Why am I discouraged? Why am I restless? I trust you! And I will praise you again because you help me, 6 and you are my God.
I am deeply discouraged as I think about you from where the Jordan begins at Mount Hermon and from Mount Mizar.[b] 7 Your vicious waves have swept over me like an angry ocean or a roaring waterfall.
8 Every day, you are kind, and at night you give me a song as my prayer to you, the living Lord God.
9 You are my mighty rock.[c] Why have you forgotten me? Why must enemies mistreat me and make me sad? 10 Even my bones are in pain, while all day long my enemies sneer and ask, “Where is your God?”
11 Why am I discouraged? Why am I restless? I trust you! And I will praise you again because you help me, and you are my God.
A Prayer in Times of Trouble
43 Show that I am right, God! Defend me against everyone who doesn’t know you; rescue me from each of those deceitful liars. 2 I run to you for protection. Why have you turned me away? Why must enemies mistreat me and make me sad?
3 Send your light and your truth to guide me. Let them lead me to your house on your sacred mountain. 4 Then I will worship at your altar because you make me joyful. You are my God, and I will praise you. Yes, I will praise you as I play my harp.
5 Why am I discouraged? Why am I restless? I trust you! And I will praise you again because you help me, and you are my God.
42.4leading. . . house: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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