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Psalm 42

2014 BOOK OF PRAISE OF THE CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCHES

1. As a deer will thirst in anguish
for refreshing water brooks,
so for you, O God, I languish;
so my soul for comfort looks
to the living God above.
How I thirst for his great love!
When shall I appear before him
and within his courts adore him?

2. Bitter tears of lamentation
are my food by night and day.
In my deep humiliation
“Where is now your God?” they say.
Then my soul in sorrow longs
for the days when festive throngs
walked with me, their praises voicing,
to God’s house with loud rejoicing.

3. O my soul, why are you grieving,
why disquieted in me?
Put your hope in God, believing
he will still your refuge be.
I again shall see his face
and extol him for his grace.
He will show his help and favour,
for he is my God and Saviour.

4. I will from beyond the Jordan
think of you in my distress
and will even from Mount Hermon
not forget your faithfulness.
Deep re-echoes there to deep
as the waters plunge and leap.
Over me with thunderous roaring
all your waves are wildly pouring.

5. But the LORD will send salvation
and by day his love maintain;
he will grant me preservation,
and I will rejoice again.
I will sing and pray at night
to the God of life and light.
He will in his mercy hear me
and for evermore be near me.

6. I will ask my Rock and fortress,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go on in sadness,
hounded by the enemy?”
Their rebukes and scoffing words
pierce my bones like pointed swords,
as they say in proud defiance,
“Where is God, your firm reliance?”

7. O my soul, why are you grieving,
why disquieted in me?
Put your hope in God, believing
he will still your refuge be.
I again shall see his face
and extol him for his grace.
He will show his help and favour,
for he is my God and Saviour.

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