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Psalms 42: My soul pants aftr God

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In this psalm, the psalmist thirsts for God's help. He thirsts for justice and seeks a time, as someone would hope for an appointment, with an important and powerful advocate and judge. His relationship with God now is full of grief. This hurts his heart because there was a time when his voice was full of joy instead of weeping. He reminds his soul to hope in God. There is a hope he will see God's face again. As he is wont to do, David thinks back upon those moments when God was with him. And yet, what are all these past glories to him? His enemies are continually taunting him: Where is your God? What are past glories if God seems absent from the present?

But he will continue to trust in his God despite his enemies' taunts.

1{To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.} As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

2My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

3My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

4When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

6O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

7Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

8Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

9I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

10As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

11Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God

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