Longing for Cool Water

I listened to this video and prayed Psalm 42 this morning. It is a great psalm to pray when you are confused, heartbroken and in need of the comfort of God's spirit. Pray it today.. right where you are.

As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God.

I thirst for you, the living God.

When can I go and worship in your presence? Day and night I cry, and tears are my only food; all the time my enemies ask me, "Where is your God?" My heart breaks when I remember the past, when I went with the crowds to the house of God and led them as they walked along, a happy crowd, singing and shouting praise to God.

Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God. Here in exile my heart is breaking, and so I turn my thoughts to him. He has sent waves of sorrow over my soul; chaos roars at me like a flood, like waterfalls thundering down to the Jordan from Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar.

May the LORD show his constant love during the day, so that I may have a song at night, a prayer to the God of my life. To God, my defender, I say, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go on suffering from the cruelty of my enemies?" I am crushed by their insults, as they keep on asking me, "Where is your God?"

Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.


  1. I love this prayer that comes so raw from a heart full of weeping, pain, confusion, hope, trust, all mixed in together.

    I know so many of the feelings David puts words to. What a beautiful Psalm and one I can join my heart in praying and praising. I love how it is all mixed up together in there--the questions and the hope, the trust and the confusion, the sorrow and praise.

    Thank you for posting this prayer and song. I'd love to hear some of the other powerful lines of this Psalm put to music.

  2. This is a wonderful song that we have sung often. That is truly my desire.....to long to worship HIM!!

    Bob, if we ever get up that way again we'll see about having that cup of coffee!! We made this trip so spur of the moment that I didn't have time to put out any feelers if any of my blog friends were near. You are the second one we missed :o( Thanks for letting me know you are in that area. The same goes for us if you ever get near Tulsa!!!!


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