Thursday in the Third Week of Lent: Why art thou so vexed?

Taking a bit of liberty with today’s daily office readings, I have used the 1662 prayer book psalter. The language is more lovely. “Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks : so longeth my soul after thee, O God.”

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna

Psalm 42
Like as the hart desireth the water-brooks :
     so longeth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God :
     when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my meat day and night :
     while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?
Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself :
     for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God;
In the voice of praise and thanksgiving :
     among such as keep holy-day.
Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul :
     and why art thou so disquieted within me?
Put thy trust in God :
     for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance.
My God, my soul is vexed within me :
     therefore will I remember thee concerning the land of Jordan,
     and the little hill of Hermon.
One deep calleth another, because of the noise of the water-pipes :
     all thy waves and storms are gone over me.
The Lord hath granted his loving-kindness in the day-time :
     and in the night-season did I sing of him,
     and made my prayer unto the God of my life.
I will say unto the God of my strength, Why hast thou forgotten me :
     why go I thus heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
My bones are smitten asunder as with a sword :
     while mine enemies that trouble me cast me in the teeth;
Namely, while they say daily unto me :
     Where is now thy God?
Why art thou so vexed, O my soul :
     and why art thou so disquieted within me?
O put thy trust in God :
     for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Let us pray.
Loving God, even when our souls are troubled, help us to know that you do not abandon us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Photo: Detail from Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna by flickr user Nick in exsilio

1 Comment so far

  1. Sheldon on March 7th, 2013

    I love the poetry and music of this version. The truth in it shines. Thanks Scott.