They are poems. But more important than any of that is God himself. But even this deep intimacy does not mean that problems, illness, vicious attacks do not occur. this is no questionable mark of grace. They are meant to be thought-provoking, not definitive. Psalm 42:2 PSALM 42 OVERVIEW. לֵאלֹהִים֮. The first verse has always spoken deeply to me. 42:3, 10 (cf. On this side of the cross, we know the greatest ground for our hope: Jesus Christ crucified for our sins and triumphant over death. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative. What waterfalls is he talking about? 2:7). Who is talking to you? When we think and feel with God in the Psalms, this is the main result: we come to love God, and we want to see God and be with God and be satisfied in admiring and exulting in God. 4These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. In other words, all his crashing and tumultuous and oppressing and discouraging circumstances are the waves of God. What is YHWH's song? The great promise is not the absence of problems, but His presence (cf. What are gold, honour, pleasure, but dead idols? of My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? 12:17-18). Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22), Jacob: When God Turns Darkness into Dawn (Expository Sermons On O.T. That’s why a singable psalter is good to keep around — or a hymnbook with the whole array of emotions.    And triumph in their might? This characterization of Israel's God as "living" contrasts with the pagan idols that are blind, deaf, mute, and non-existent (cf. Verse 2. Thomas Horton. 42:7 The imagery is powerful. (last clause). Rhetorical flowers and flourishes, expressions without impressions in praying or preaching, are not true bread, but a tinkling cymbal to it, and it cannot be put off with the empty spoon of aery notions, or lovely (that are not also lively) songs: if Christ talk with you in the way (of duty) your heart will burn within you. By the bitter, but ofttimes wholesome food of tears. "I shall again praise Him — BDB 392, KB 389, Hiphil imperative) for the help of His presence", 3. YHWH (יהוה, BDB 217, covenant name for Deity, cf. This very psalm may be that night-time prayer-song. Copyright © 2012 Bible Lessons International, Bob was born in 1947 in Houston, Texas. It is an affirmation of God's presence and care! 3. remember the God of verse 8 and his former worship times with Him in verse 4. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. Because he lives, and gives to men the living water; therefore we, with greater eagerness, desire him. A gracious soul can take little satisfaction in God's courts, if it do not meet with God himself there. He answers the questions: 1. Verse 4: “These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.”. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? This whole psalm reads like the sob of a wounded heart. In verses 5 and 11, he describes himself as “cast down” and “in turmoil.” In verse 3 he says, “My tears have been my food day and night.” So he is discouraged to the point of crying day and night. Or, as Absalom 2 Samuel 14:32 , "It is to little purpose I am come to Jerusalem if I may not see the King's face." 42:1-4 In this strophe one wonders what the problem is. All else is alive by Him, through Him, and for Him (cf. There is a question of how to understand the consonants. So at the end of verse 7, he says, “All your breakers and your waves have gone over me.” Your breakers and your waves have gone over me. Its imagery is often vague (see Appendix: Hebrew Poetry at page xxi). "When I remember these [things], I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went … There are at least four forms of attraction presented to the soul. When shall I come and appear before God?” What makes this so beautiful, and so crucial for us, is that he is not thirsting mainly for relief from his threatening circumstances. 42:3b; 79:10; 115:2). Isaac Watts, D.D., 1674-1748. Hope in God. When shall I come and appear before God? We’re on a mission to change that. When we immerse ourselves in them, we are “thinking and feeling with God.” That’s what I am praying this series will help us to do. How long shall foes oppress me Or, the cause, incentives, excellences, and privileges of spiritual thirst. 43:5, which implies these Psalms are closely connected, possibly one Psalm (UBS Handbook, p. 398). Let us, that we may realize this thirst of the soul, dwell upon the contrast. So the main thing we must learn is to preach the gospel to ourselves: Listen, self: If God is for you, who can be against you? He is author of. Exodus 23:17 Psalms 42:2 . To thirst (literally or figuratively) thirsteth. Do not build doctrine on isolated lines of poetry! So the psalmist affirms God’s sovereign love for him in and through all the troubles. The light will dawn.” It was so central to our way of thinking and talking in the early eighties that we put a huge “Hope in God” sign on the outside wall of the old sanctuary and became known around the neighborhood as the “Hope in God” church. Compare your subject divisions with the five translations above. If this psalmist were living after Christ, that is what he would have done. That of natural beauty. First, originally, because he only hath life in himself, and of himself, and all creatures have it from him. (last clause). We must let the weight and feel of the strophe, and the parallelism of the lines guide us in an overall impression! Fourth, the psalmist preaches to his own soul. There is, through human degeneracy, a proneness to value things less, however excellent in themselves, because of their being common, or plentiful, or of easy attainment. He is seeking jubilant hope. 42:4 Worship should be a joyful, anticipated experience. They intend to shape what the mind thinks, and they intend to shape what the heart feels. Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. It were well if all our resortings to public worship were viewed as appearances before God, it would then be a sure mark of grace to delight in them. Thirsteth. The Concentration Of Spiritual Energy (part 1). So the psalmist asks Why? Fifth, the psalmist remembers. He may not have asked the question with theological or linguistic precision, but if he proves in time that he did not mean that God had forgotten him, we will let that be words for the wind. 42:5) and out (Ps. Those who have enjoyed the presence of God in the public ordinances of religion will greatly desire, if deprived of them, to be favoured with them again ... Prevention from attending the public ordinances of God's house may be made the means of great benefit to the soul.