That this passage is meant to be a song is pretty unquestionable. Perfection, verse 4. Psalm 42:5 I’ve found this verse to be a great encouragement during times when I’ve felt depressed or discouraged. These words were turned into an intimate worship song a few decades ago. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. She was tossed overboard when the boat hit a large wave. My hope and prayer is that Psalm 42 can give us all a similar lift in these current troubling times. Like Like. An Overview of Psalm 42. This led me to a reading of all of Psalm 42 and even more comfort than the music alone afforded me in that troubling time. We should remember what He has done for us in the past. 8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. Put your hope in God. To relieve some stress, I began to relisten to some peaceful Renaissance choral music to unwind and relax. Read 3 Steps from Psalm 139 to Declutter Your Heart - Your Daily Bible Verse - November 10 from today's daily devotional. Subscribe Get daily devotions delivered to your mailbox or via email with the In Touch monthly devotional. “I will yet praise him” reminds me that though I might currently be going through a difficult time, there’ll come a time when I will be again praising the Lord. Our “warranty” with Him never expires. Feel free to read along in the show notes below. Duane Brown plays left tackle for the Houston Texans. Comments Have your say about what you just read! But what if I told you Psalm 42 is actually a lament, a complaint, a pouring out of pain, hurt, fear, and more. He is a very good player, an All Pro player, and the cornerstone of the Texans’ offense. First of all, it appears in Psalms! King David boldly declared, “I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Psalm 42:11, KJV). Psalm 42. One of the phrases I have heard many times is “God is good all the time!” If the times are good, He is great. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 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.” The fight is a fight of faith in future grace. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. God Abhors Sin, verses 5-6. Subscribe to my newsletter. Brinkworth. Thank you Bro. 13:5). God is good. Devotional Thought : Psalm 142:7. Instead, God imparts a deeper understanding, the understanding that this “mortal agony” will not prevail if our soul finds the Lord. For starters, check out verses 1-3. Here’s the overview. 11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? It is easy to repeat that saying when you have a job, when all are healthy, and your future looks bright. hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Daily Devotion with Stephen Dawson // Psalm 42 Over these next few weeks, we will be sharing thoughts based on a Bible reading plan that we hope will deepen your walk with God and stir your prayer life. It is given because God loves us, and He will “… never leave thee, nor forsake thee …” (Heb. Comfort In the Title. Topics; Get Involved. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Circumstances should never govern one’s emotions and spiritual level. Today’s Reading: Psalm 42 1 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. Sunday Devotional: Psalm 42:1-2 (2-3) Leave a reply. and why art thou disquieted in me? By the way, if you want to hear the three minutes of musical bliss that is Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus”, just google or bing “Palestrina Sicut Cervus Cambridge”. Rejoice, verses 11-12. His help is not based on what is owed or due us. In agony s/he cries out to God for relief. However, there is an important principle taught in this verse that applied to the past and does pertain to the present. Hope still, and thou shalt sing When heated in the chase, 10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? . . However, can you still admit God is still good when you are in the valley of despair, with a gloomy report from the doctor, or when you do not know where the money will come from to pay current bills? The text itself is formed like a hymn, with first a stanza 1 comprised of Bible verses 1-4, describing dire circumstances, followed by an uplifting redemptive refrain in Bible verse 5. 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Hope is not only part of God’s character, but it’s who He is! 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Why restless, why cast down, my soul? Psalm 42 1 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. Devotionals on Comfort. Video Devotions from Psalm 5 Hearken, verses 1-2. My thirsty soul doth pine; Increase my desire and love for You and help me like David, to become, “ a man after God's own heart ', and desire You above all things, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. Psalm 42:1(NASB) Verse Thoughts A depth of urgency and deep pathos is captured in these verses as the metaphor of a weary hind, parched from the blistering heat of the day, is exhausted from the pounding pursuit of howling hounds, who are relentlessly hot on her trail and baying for her blood. 6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. When Palestrina (1525-1594) wrote this song, he used as his text Psalm 42:1 from the Roman Psalter. As Pants the Hart* for Cooling Streams In doing so I rediscovered Palestrina’s beautiful “Sicut Cervus” and decided I wanted to learn the meaning of the Latin words: “Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus”. Perhaps another look at this Psalm can help us through our formidable present ordeals. Why art thou cast down, &c. — See note on Psalm 42:5. Who is the health of my countenance — Hebrew, The salvations of my face: which will make my face to shine, and my countenance cheerful, which supposes the gladness of the heart and the bettering of his condition. Leave me a comment in the box below. KJV)) To my oppressor’s scorn? Reply. Why restless, why cast down, my soul? 11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Posted on January 13, 2018 February 13, 2020 - 12:07. That sounds a lot like my recent reminiscences of past Woodland services and the wonderful friends there that we are not able to see now. Thy health’s eternal spring. He intended this song to be a source of devotion between him and God alone, but when he introduced his song to the staff and students it became a favorite and is a staple in many hymnals printed today. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Scripture Reading — Psalm 42. I wonder if his thoughts travelled back to the ark of Noah, ... Psalm 42:1. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. As in many hymns, the beginning lines of this Psalm (Bible verses 1-2) succinctly state and illuminate the theme of the entire text – our souls desperately and naturally long for God. Devotional Thoughts. He was so moved, that he ”began to sing its message right off the page”. He scolds himself and argues with himself. and why art thou disquieted in me? (Psalm 42:11) We must learn to fight despondency — the downcast spirit. For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. 3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Do not be cast down and discouraged. These inscriptions are part of the inspired record; they belong with the psalm and indicate something vital about it. A devotional thought and prayer centered on Psalm 42:8. When the psalmist thirsted for God, when tears poured day and night, when he was discouraged, he commanded his soul to hope in a God Whose help was certain. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me — a prayer to the God of my life. Why so disturbed within me? With these reminiscences, the writer was displaying that very human mind behavior of seeking relief from present sorrow in recollections of a pleasant past. why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Are you “cast down” (Psalm 42:5, 11) when things do not go as well as you would like? When can I go and meet with God? 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Psalm 42:5 Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. When shall I come and appear before God? From the Pastor's Heart Read this month's letter from Dr. Charles Stanley. 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? ... (Psalm 42:4). Read More. It is fought by preaching truth to ourselves about God and his promised future. When can I go and meet with God? Ask for Me, verses 7-8. Like one forgotten, mourn, Today’s Thought:  “When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.” — Allen, Words to Understand: Billows: a large wave from the sea brought about by a wind or storm Disquieted: restlessness, uneasy Hart: a male deer Hermonites: three peaks of Mount Hermon  Korah: a Levite who conspired against Moses Maschil: Some think it may be a musical instrument or an instructive song Mourning: Sad after the loss of a person Mizar: a small mountain peak Panteth: to want desperately, anxious breathing. Psalm 42:4-11. God = hope! hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. New! Continue reading → See how God is working through your partnership to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Every man is two men; we are duplicates, if not triplicates, and it is well sometimes to hold a dialogue with one’s own self. His aid for thee, and change these sighs Forlorn, forsaken, and exposed Specifically, s/he recalls fondly the Jerusalem temple services and the “festive throng” with whom s/he worshipped. The psalmist preaches to his troubled soul. Messenger Lab Many devices, one message. (* – “hart” is a British term for the male of a type of European deer; the term is used instead of “deer” in some Biblical translations of Psalm 42:1 (e.g. Listen to the Word of God in Psalm 32:7. But the common human mind behavior did not work for the Psalmist and it doesn’t work well for us today either. 9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? Music: H. Wilson (1766-1824). This Psalm has been a favorite of mine for only a short time. 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. “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalm 37:25. Wisdom from the Psalms daily devotional with Bible verses offers wisdom and insight for applying Biblical truths to the ups and downs of everyday life. Writer of inspirational articles, book reviews, and devotional thoughts on Bible passages . God of my strength, how long shall I, Lakisha Johnson, Revelation 7:14-17, Spiritual, Trust God, What do you thirst for, What dos the bible say about thirst Look Up, verse 3. Further, the inscription above the Psalm literally says “For the Director of Music”. Oh, when shall I behold Thy face, So longs my soul, O God, for Thee, 7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. What God tells us here is that these problems are merely earthly mortal issues and He has a higher purpose for us. Our thoughts are our patterns and so I just ask for your love and compassion to just infect our worlds and the world at large. 8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. One thought on “ Prayer Devotional, Psalm 42 ” karentfriday says: April 25, 2019 at 3:22 pm. Help is just a prayer call away. 4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. Ask and wait patiently for his answer and help. Does depression cripple your spiritual life? 127.Daily Devotion with Stephen Dawson // Psalm 42 Over these next few weeks, we will be sharing thoughts based on a Bible reading plan that we hope will deepen your … Certainly we too, like the writer, have reason now for worry, mournfulness, grief, uncertainty, reminiscences of happier times past, and maybe even fear of our “foes”. Amen, Jamie! My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, "Where is your God?" We may forsake Him, but He will always be there. Text: N. Tate (1652-1715), N. Brady (1639-1726) Your insight on God’s word is clear and helpful. God is always good to us and certainly better than any of us deserve. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. Your face is a billboard that advertises what is going on in your heart. and why art thou disquieted in me? Why so disturbed within me? If God heard and helped you in the past, He could do it again. The praise of Him who is thy God, Externally his circumstances are oppressing. And, again as in several of our hymns, the stanzas pose worldly problems but the refrain is a joyous celebration of the solution – hope in God our Savior. 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is … 1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God; 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come, and appear before God? Where is Your God? 10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” At first, she didn’t think this was dangerous. And Thy refreshing grace. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Daily Devotional - Psalm 42. We worship and serve a God of hope! As we wait these days for some good news, some closure, and a return to a former lifestyle we now cherish more than ever, we can definitely appreciate the longing that the Psalmist expresses in this Psalm. He noticed a Bible open to Psalm 42 and read the verses. Yesterday, in the last game of the regular season, with his team on the verge of winning their conference, he … The exile has caused the writer extreme mourning and grief, and s/he is surrounded by hostile and taunting non-believers. Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” Be encouraged and grow your faith with daily and weekly devotionals. With His children, finances do not limit His help, nor does His help halt when we reach retirement age. The God of our life will not forsake us if we make His mercy, truth, and power our refuge. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Apr 27, 2020 - Explore Retsela's board "Psalm 42" on Pinterest. Daily Devotion of Psalm 42. 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