As the Deer

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As the Deer is a well-known praise and worship song by Martin J. Nystrom, a native of Seattle, Washington. Written in 1981, this song is based on Psalm 42:1;[1]

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God."


As the deer panteth for the water
    So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart's desire
    And I long to worship You.


You alone are my strength, my shield
    To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
    And I long to worship you

I want You more than gold or silver
    Only You can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy Giver
    And the apple of my eye.

You're my friend and You are my brother
    Even though You are a king.
I love You more than any other,
    So much more than anything.[2]

There are also different variations of this song that are quite common, such as:

As the deer pants for the water
so my soul longs after you

Many versions[3] preserve the "Thee" of the King James Version of the psalm verse also in the refrain ("And I long to worship Thee"), resulting in a clash of with the previous line (which ought to be "Thou alone art my heart's desire" to keep the Elizabethan English).


  1. ^ "As The Deer". 2011-06-24. Archived from the original on 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  2. ^!-singers/as-the-deer-lyrics/
  3. ^ e.g.

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