Context: In his longing for God, the poet compares himself with the hunted animal which is exhausted and panting for water. People scoff at him for continuing to weep day and night for the presence of God. He remembers longingly the time when he took part in the religious festivals in Jerusalem and reflects that his soul should not be disheartened, for he shall again praise the Lord. The depths of his sickness and despair, followed by the resurgence of his faith, are illustrated in the verses:
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
Yet the Lord will command his loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.