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Psalm 42

As a deer pants
for streams of water,
so my soul pants
for you, my God.

In my heart, I am thirsty
for you, the living God.
When will I see your face?

Day and night my tears
are my only food,
as everyone keeps asking,
“Where is your God?”

Sorrow floods my heart,
when I remember
leading the worshipers
to your house. [a]

I can still hear them shout
their joyful praises.

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.
I am deeply discouraged
as I think about you

from where the Jordan begins
at Mount Hermon
and from Mount Mizar. [b]

Your vicious waves
have swept over me
like an angry ocean
or a roaring waterfall.

Every day, you are kind,
and at night
you give me a song
as my prayer to you,
the living LORD God.

You are my mighty rock.

Why have you forgotten me?
Why must enemies mistreat me
and make me sad?

Even my bones are in pain,
while all day long
my enemies sneer and ask,
“Where is your God?”

Why am I discouraged?
Why am I restless?

a. leading. . . house: one possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text
b. Mount Mizar: the location is not known

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from A Thousand Lifetimes in an Hour, track released November 3, 2011

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