Psalms 42

1A deer gets thirsty for water from a stream. In the same way, my soul is thirsty for you, God. 2My soul is thirsty for the Living God. When can I go to meet with him? 3My enemy constantly ˻makes fun of me˼. He says, “Where is your God? ˻Has he come to save you yet?˼” ˻I am so sad˼ that my only food is the tears ˻that fall from my eyes˼. 4My heart breaks as I remember ˻the good times I had at the temple˼: ˻I remember˼ passing through the crowds as I led them all up to God’s temple. ˻I remember˼ the happy songs of praise as the crowds celebrated the festivals. 5Why should I be so sad? Why should I be so upset? I should wait for God’s help. I will get the chance to praise him yet. He will save me! 6My God, I am so sad because I must remember you from this place, from this small hill where the Hermon mountains and the Jordan River meet. 7I hear the crashing of the water as water from deep in the earth spills over the waterfall. Lord, your waves are crashing all around me and washing over me! 8Every day the Lord shows his true love and every night, I have a song for him, a prayer for my Living God. 9I speak to God, my Rock, I say, “Lord, why did you forget me? Why must I suffer such sadness because of the cruelty of my enemy?” 10My enemy constantly insults me and strikes a deadly blow when he asks me, ”Where is your God? ˻Has he come to save you yet?˼” 11Why should I be so sad? Why should I be so upset? I should wait for God’s help. I will get the chance to praise him yet. He will save me!

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