"As The Hart Panteth After The Water Brooks"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 159

Context: The sorrowful poet likens his need for God with the need for water felt by a hunted, panting animal. He continues to weep day and night for the Lord, though people scoff. Recalling the time when he participated in the religious festivals in Jerusalem, he finds his faith revived in expectation of the day in which he shall again praise the Lord. The psalm begins:

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As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitudes, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

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