42:8 As the psalmist's tears were his food day and night (Ps. To thirst (literally or figuratively) thirsteth. Externally his circumstances are oppressing. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. Now this man’s treatment [in Psalm 42] was this: instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. I hope your experience of worship can be so characterized! Exodus 23:17 Psalms 42:2 . Thomas Horton. 6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. 2. the Jordan River Valley and its origin in the mountains, 42:6, The next line implies it may be figurative of problems the psalmist is facing (cf. “ for God, ”.    Enlighten Thou mine eyes; Ask a thief and a malefactor whether he would willingly appear before the judge. It is God who justifies. Paragraphing is not inspired, but it is the key to following the original author's intent, which is the heart of interpretation. Your self is talking to you. Who is to condemn? when shall I come and appear before God? He calls past experiences to mind. What are gold, honour, pleasure, but dead idols? Verse 2.    While darkness hides Thy face? 42:3b; 79:10; 115:2). The psalmist evidently expected that this would be; but to one who loves public worship the time seems long when he is prevented from enjoying that privilege. That is my ultimate hope and prayer for these weeks that we spend together in the Psalms. The figures and shapes of devotion? Is it a happy ending? Here’s the overview. And may he grant your desire through the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. What is YHWH's song? "hope" ("wait," BDB 403, KB 407, Hiphil imperative) in God, 2. Verse 2. How long shall griefs distress me But he is not where he wants to be in hope and peace and praise. YHWH (יהוה, BDB 217, covenant name for Deity, cf. How should Christians respond to critical race theory? They reveal the heart and one day every human will give an account to God for his/her words (cf. ▣ "soul" This is the Hebrew term nephesh (BDB 659, cf. --. The psalmist is being hindered from being in Jerusalem during feast days. The soul that thirsts for the Lord and pants for God and keep on and on thirsting and panting for Him is the one for whom the Lord Himself will provide His deep well of satisfaction, brimming to overflowing with the refreshing waters of His life - living water that revives, restore,s revitalizes and reinvigorates the man or woman whose inner being “thirsteth' for more of Jesus. RSV changes the vowels to "and behold the face of God". Thy word can all my foes control sometimes (cf. The writer of it is shut out from the Temple of his God, from the holy soil of his native land. These are not jubilant songs. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. My God, how long delay? So “To the choirmaster. You have learned deeply that it is no relief to say that God does not rule the wind and the waves. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Fourth, the psalmist preaches to his own soul. We need Thanksgiving. All my nature, my inmost self. See that your heart rest not short of Christ in any duty. Verse 9: “I say to God, my rock: ‘Why have you forgotten me? That God would be revealed, and we would want to know him as he is in himself and fellowship with him. Or, the cause, incentives, excellences, and privileges of spiritual thirst. Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Verse 11: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? A wicked man can never say in good earnest, When shall I come and appear before God? May the Lord increase your hunger and your thirst to see the face of God. He is married to the former Peggy Rutta and they have three children and six grandchildren. Jesus is superior to every kind of rule, authority, and dominion that you will find in any culture, any nation, among any people, anywhere in the world. A dead God is a mere mockery; we loathe such a monstrous deity; but the ever living God, the perennial fountain of life and light and love, is our soul's desire. 63:1) or his desire to be in the temple on a feast day (42:4)? Verse 5: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?

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