As the Deer


Psalm 42 and 43 are set to a haunting, melancholic melody that mirrors the poignancy of the original Psalm text. This song continues to be one of the most frequently downloaded songs of the site. An arrangement for choir published is by Augsburg Fortress.

PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

words and music by Greg Scheer
text based on Psalm 42 and 43
copyright 1993
CCLI #1276155
OneLicense #125249

1. As the deer pants for the water
so my soul longs for you, my Lord.
When can I come to You again
to praise You as before?

Why should I let this sorrow fill my soul?
My life is in His Hands, my hope is in the Lord;
and He, I know, will be my Savior still.

2. Day after day He sends His love
I feel His peace come raining down.
I raise a song to Him at night
like fire from the ground. Chorus

3. Send me Your light and truth to guide me
as I travel through this land.
Lead me to Your holy dwelling
at my journey’s end. Chorus