For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.
A deer longs for streams of water. God, I long for you in the same way.
2 I am thirsty for God. I am thirsty for the living God. When can I go and meet with him?
3 My tears have been my food day and night. All day long people say to me, “Where is your God?”
4 When I remember what has happened, I tell God all of my troubles. I remember how I used to walk along with the crowd of worshipers. I led them to the house of God. We shouted with joy and gave thanks as we went to the holy feast.
5 My spirit, why are you so sad? Why are you so upset deep down inside me? Put your hope in God. Once again I will have reason to praise him. He is my Savior and my God.
6 My spirit is very sad deep down inside me. So I will remember you here where the Jordan River begins. I will remember you here on the Hermon mountains and on Mount Mizar.
7 You have sent wave upon wave of trouble over me. It roars down on me like a waterfall. All of your waves and breakers have rolled over me.
8 During the day the Lord sends his love to me. During the night I sing about him. I say a prayer to the God who gives me life.
9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go around in sorrow? Why am I beaten down by my enemies?”
10 My body suffers deadly pain as my enemies make fun of me. All day long they say to me, “Where is your God?”
11 My spirit, why are you so sad? Why are you so upset deep down inside me? Put your hope in God. Once again I will have reason to praise him. He is my Savior and my God.