Part I

A thirsty deer will gasp, distressed
when water-springs run dry,
so I desire the living God -
and yet my frantic cry
elicits no reply.

The memories come flooding back -
when crowds of us would raise
our voices, as we gathered round
God's house in bygone days,
our hearts on fire with praise.

   Although I may be in despair
   and turmoil all day long,
   yet God will surely rescue me -
   let hope in him stay strong
   till sighing turns to song.


My God, I will remember you
wherever I may be -
though mountains loom on every side,
or when life's heaving sea
comes crashing over me.

By day you shower me with your love,
at night you hear me pray;
and yet you leave me on my own
when people scoff and say
that God has gone away.

   Although I may be in despair ...

Part II

Defend my innocence, O God,
and when I have to face
deceivers with their false reports,
preserve me, plead my case
and be my hiding-place.

Do you reject me? Should I grieve?
Send forth your truth and light
to lead me on to where you live
upon the mountain-height -
yourself my best delight.

   Although I may be in despair ...

Note: This hymn, based on Psalms 42 and 43, is in two parts. Use either Part 1 or Part 2, or the whole hymn, as appropriate. The first verse could be sung as a solo.

Emma Turl
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