Saturday, May 29, 2010

Project 4:4--Day One Hundred Twenty-Seven

Day One Hundred Twenty-Seven, Psalm 42, 53, 58, 81, 101

If you’ve not noticed by now, a lot of the psalms that I love speak to me because they are songs. That pattern continues today, as I especially appreciate Psalm 42, for from it, we have 2 songs: “As the Deer” and a song by Acappella called, “Why So Downcast, O My Soul?”

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while men say to me all day long, ”Where is your God?”
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?”
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.


Psalm 53 is one of my favorites, for the same reason that I loved Psalm 14 a few days ago. I won’t bother to post it here, though, because it’s nearly identical. I didn’t know that until I came across this one and it seemed so incredibly familiar. Seriously. Look ‘em up.

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