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Thirsting for God

Psa 42 (TLB) 

{1} As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. 
{2} I thirst for God, the living God.

 Where can I find Him to come and stand before him? 
{3} Day and night I weep for his help, 
and all the while my enemies taunt me. 
"Where is this God of yours?" they scoff. 

{4} Take courage, my soul! 
Do you remember those times (but how could you ever forget them!) 
when you led a great procession to the Temple on festival days, 
singing with joy, praising the Lord? 

{5} Why then be downcast? Why be discouraged and sad? 
Hope in God! I shall yet praise him again. 
Yes, I shall again praise him for his help. 

{6} Yet I am standing here depressed and gloomy, 
but I will meditate upon your kindness to this lovely land 
where the Jordan River flows 
and where Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar stand. 
{7} All your waves and billows have gone over me, 
and floods of sorrow pour upon me like a thundering cataract. 

{8} Yet day by day the Lord also pours out his steadfast love upon me, 
and through the night I sing his songs 
and pray to God who gives me life. 

{9} "O God my Rock," I cry, "why have you forsaken me? 
Why must I suffer these attacks from my enemies?" 
{10} Their taunts pierce me like a fatal wound; 
again and again they scoff, "Where is that God of yours?" 

{11} But, O my soul, don't be discouraged. Don't be upset.
 Expect God to act! 
For I know that I shall again have plenty of reason to praise him 
for all that he will do.
 He is my help! He is my God!


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