1 As the deer pants for streams of water, ¶ so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, ¶ while people say to me all day long, ¶ "Where is your God?"
4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: ¶ how I used to go to the house of God ¶ under the protection of the Mighty One [^1] with shouts of joy and praise ¶ among the festive throng.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? ¶ Why so disturbed within me? ¶ Put your hope in God, ¶ for I will yet praise him, ¶ my Savior and my God.
6 My soul is downcast within me; ¶ therefore I will remember you ¶ from the land of the Jordan, ¶ the heights of Hermon —from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; ¶ all your waves and breakers ¶ have swept over me.
8 By day the LORD directs his love, ¶ at night his song is with me — ¶ a prayer to the God of my life.
9 I say to God my Rock, ¶ "Why have you forgotten me? ¶ Why must I go about mourning, ¶ oppressed by the enemy?"
10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, ¶ saying to me all day long, ¶ "Where is your God?"
11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? ¶ Why so disturbed within me? ¶ Put your hope in God, ¶ for I will yet praise him, ¶ my Savior and my God.