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BOOK II

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

Longing for God and His Help in Distress

To the leader. A Maskil of the Korahites.

1

As a deer longs for flowing streams,

so my soul longs for you, O God.

2

My soul thirsts for God,

for the living God.

When shall I come and behold

the face of God?

3

My tears have been my food

day and night,

while people say to me continually,

“Where is your God?”

 

4

These things I remember,

as I pour out my soul:

how I went with the throng,

and led them in procession to the house of God,

with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,

a multitude keeping festival.

5

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help 6and my God.

 

My soul is cast down within me;

therefore I remember you

from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,

from Mount Mizar.

7

Deep calls to deep

at the thunder of your cataracts;

all your waves and your billows

have gone over me.

8

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life.

 

9

I say to God, my rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I walk about mournfully

because the enemy oppresses me?”

10

As with a deadly wound in my body,

my adversaries taunt me,

while they say to me continually,

“Where is your God?”

 

11

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

Psalm 43

Prayer to God in Time of Trouble

1

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause

against an ungodly people;

from those who are deceitful and unjust

deliver me!

2

For you are the God in whom I take refuge;

why have you cast me off?

Why must I walk about mournfully

because of the oppression of the enemy?

 

3

O send out your light and your truth;

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy hill

and to your dwelling.

4

Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God my exceeding joy;

and I will praise you with the harp,

O God, my God.

 

5

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.


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