1 «To the chief Musician, Maschil,As a treasure to be kept by them, who were of the number of the Levites.for the sons of Korah.» As the hartBy these comparisons of the thirst and panting, he shows his fervent desire to serve God in his temple.panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soule thirsteth for God, euen for the liuing God: when shall I come and appeare before the presence of God?
3 As others take pleasure in eating and drinking, so he was altogether given to weeping.My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where [is] thy God?
4 When I rememberThat is, how I led the people to serve you in your tabernacle, and now seeing my contrary estate, I die for sorrow.these [things], I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and [why] art thou disquieted in me?Though he sustained grievous assaults of the flesh to cast him into despair, yet his faith grounded on God's accustomed mercies gets the victory.hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me:That is, when I remember you in this land of my banishment among the mountains.therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7 Afflictions came so thick upon me that I felt overwhelmed: by which he shows there is no end to our misery till God is pacified and sends help.Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8 [Yet] the LORDHe assures himself of God's help in time to come.will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song [shall be] with me, [and] my prayer unto the God of my life.
9 I wil say vnto God, which is my rocke, Why hast thou forgotten mee? why goe I mourning, when the enemie oppresseth me?
10 [As] with a sword in myThat is, I am most grievously tormented.bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where [is] thy God?
11 This repetition declares that David did not overcome at once, to teach us to be constant, for as much as God will certainly deliver his.Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.