As a deer in want of waterTune: GENEVAN 42
Published in 5 hymnals
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The anguished yet hopeful prayer of a thirsty soul to be restored to intimate fellowship with God at his temple.
st. 1 = vv. 42: 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 42:3-4
st. 3 = vv. 42:5, 11; 43:5 (refrain)
st. 4 = vv. 42:6-8
st. 5 =vv. 42:9-10
st. 6=vv. 43:1-2
st. 7 = vv. 43:3-4
Psalm 42 marks the beginning of Book II of the Psalms. Exiled to the northern fringes of Israelite territory, forced by taunting enemies to reside far from the house of God (see also Ps. 63 and 84), the psalmist, who dearly loves God, grieves over feeling forgotten and rejected by God. Many throughout the ages have testified to that same sense of abandonment, described here in terms of a parching thirst for God (st. 1) and recalling past seasons of worshiping God with multitudes in the temple (st. 2). But faith revives hope in God's faithfulness (st. 3). Though overwhelmed by troubles, the exile still remembers God (st. 4) and asks that God will remember him in the face of jeering unbelievers (st. 5). The psalmist prays for vindication from enemies (st. 6) and for restoration to God's precious presence (st. 7).
Psalms 42 and 43 were originally one psalm. To honor the structure of the original, the Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee asked members Bert Polman (PHH 37) and Jack Reiffer (b. Grand Rapids, MI, 1944) to versify both psalms so they could be sung together to GENEVAN 42. As a result, Psalm 43 is the only psalm published in two settings in the psalter section of the hymnal–first as stanzas 6 and 7 (and refrain) under 42, and next as a separate entry under 43. The composite text includes several lines from the 1931 versification by Dewey Westra (PHH 98) published in earlier editions of the Psalter Hymnal.
Jack Reiffer was chair of the text subcommittee of the revision committee. A gradu¬ate of Calvin College and Seminary, he is currently pastor of the Washington, D.C., Christian Reformed Church; he has also served congregations in Chicago and Champaign, Illinois.
Psalm 42 (with 43) is fitting as a prayer for deliverance from distress or persecution or any forced separation from God. It also expresses the church's confidence in God in the face of present or potential threats–such as Revelation depicts–to its communion with God. Stanzas 1 and 3 serve well at the beginning of worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #616||As A Deer in Want of Water||As a deer in want of water||FREU DICH SEHR (GENEVAN 42)||18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124||Psalm 42; Psalm 43; Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 42:3-4; Psalm 42:5; Psalm 42:11; Psalm 43:5; Psalm 42:6-8; Psalm 42:9-10; Psalm 43:1-2; Psalm 43:3-4||2013||Confession and Lament | ; Biblical Names and Places | Jordan River; Biblical Names and Places | Mary; The Cross | ; Cry to God | ; Lament | Individual; Spiritual Thirst | ; Elements of Worship | Confession||<cite>Psalter Hymnal</cite>, 1987|
|Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #729||Como el Ciervo ansioso Brama (As a Deer in Want of Water)||Como el ciervo ansioso brama (As a deer in want of water)||LAGRIMAS AMARGAS||M. Gutiérrez Marín ; Federico J. Pagura, b. 1923; Théodore de Béze, 1519-1605||8 7 8 7 77 88||Psalm 42:2-6; Psalm 43:3-5||2013||Rites of the Church | Christian Initiation/Baptism; Ritos de la Iglesia | Christiana/Bautismo; Alabanza | ; Praise | ; Alegría | ; Joy | ; Amor de Dios para Nosotros | ; Love of God for Us | ; Buscar | ; Seeking | ; Canción | ; Song | ; Comfort | ; Consuelo | ; Esperanza | ; Hope | ; Faith | ; Fe | ; Grace | ; Gracia | ; Grief | ; Pena | ; Guía | ; Guidance | ; Hambre y Sed | ; Hunger and Thirst | ; Presence of God | ; Presencia de Dios | ; Refuge | ; Refugio | ; Truth | ; Verdad |||Tr. inglesa <cite>Psalter Hymnal</cite>|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #42E||As a Deer in Want of Water||As a deer in want of water||FREU DICH SEHR (GENEVAN 42)||126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.||Psalm 42; Psalm 43||2012||Affliction | ; Biblical Names and Places | Jordan; Biblical Names and Places | Mizar; Biblical Names and Places | Mount Hermon; Broken-hearted | ; Church Year | Advent; Church Year | Lent; Comfort and Encouragement | ; Desiring God | ; Elements of Worship | Baptism; Elements of Worship | Confession (Individual); Elements of Worship | Gathering; Elements of Worship | Lord's Supper; Elements of Worship | Praise and Adoration; Emmaus Road | ; Enemies | ; Fear | ; God | Trust in; God as | Rock; God's | Love; Hope | ; Jesus Christ | Good Shepherd; Lament | Individual; Loneliness | ; Longing for God | ; Mercy | ; Mocking | ; Occasional Services | Funerals; Processions | ; Questioning | ; Remnant of Isarel | ; Seeking God | ; Sorrow | ; Temple | ; Temptation And Trial | ; Year A, B, C, Easter, Easter vigil | ; Year C, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, June 19-25 (if after Trinity Sunday) |||<cite>Psalter Hymnal</cite>, 1987|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #42||As a Deer in Want of Water||As a deer in want of water||GENEVAN 42||87 87 77 88||Psalm 42; Psalm 43||1987||Biblical Names & Places | Jordan; Comfort & Encouragement | ; Enemies & Persecution | ; Funerals | ; Alternative Harmonizations | ; Advent | ; Afflictions | ; Confession of Sin | ; Lord's Supper | ; Opening of Worship |||<i>Psalter Hyymnal</i>, 1987|
|Sing! A New Creation #97||Psalm 42||As a deer in want of water||GENEVAN 42||Psalm 42||2002||Advent |||Refrain text: <i>Psalter Hymnal</i> (1987)|