Psalm 42

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Like as the hart for water-brooks
       in thirst doth pant and bray;
     So pants my longing soul, O God,
       that come to thee I may.
2    My soul for God, the living God,
       doth thirst: when shall I near
     Unto thy countenance approach,
       and in God's sight appear?

3    My tears have unto me been meat,
       both in the night and day,
     While unto me continually,
       Where is thy God? they say.
4    My soul is poured out in me,
       when this I think upon;
     Because that with the multitude
       I heretofore had gone:

     With them into God's house I went,
       with voice of joy and praise;
     Yea, with the multitude that kept
       the solemn holy days.
5    O why art thou cast down, my soul?
       why in me so dismay'd?
     Trust God, for I shall praise him yet,
       his count'nance is mine aid.

6    My God, my soul's cast down in me;
       thee therefore mind I will
     From Jordan's land, the Hermonites,
       and ev'n from Mizar hill.
7    At the noise of thy water-spouts
       deep unto deep doth call;
     Thy breaking waves pass over me,
       yea, and thy billows all.

8    His loving-kindness yet the Lord
       command will in the day,
     His song's with me by night; to God,
       by whom I live, I'll pray:
9    And I will say to God my rock,
       Why me forgett'st thou so?
     Why, for my foes' oppression,
       thus mourning do I go?

10   'Tis as a sword within my bones,
       when my foes me upbraid;
     Ev'n when by them, Where is thy God?
       'tis daily to me said.
11   O why art thou cast down, my soul?
       why, thus with grief opprest,
     Art thou disquieted in me?
       in God still hope and rest:

     For yet I know I shall him praise,
       who graciously to me
     The health is of my countenance,
       yea, mine own God is he.

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