Posted: May 19,2008
Let us turn to a new Psalm of study this week. We
want to look at Psalm 42:1-5 which says, “As
the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee,
O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come
and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while
they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? 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. Why art thou cast down O my soul?
And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet
praise him for the help of his countenance.”
Many believe, this Psalm was written by David
when he fled from Absalom. The title, ‘To the chief Musician,
Maschil, for the sons of Korah.’ Offers great meaning for us the
readers. This Psalm is called a ‘Maschil’, which is a Psalm of
instruction. It is something one would teach to others out of their own
personal experience. It is addressed to the sons of Korah. These were
certainly people who had a life experience of being forsaken by family.
If you remember one of their great grandfathers and many of their family
were dropped into Hell with their clothes on because they dared to stand
against Moses, God’s man. These sons of Korah that David is writing to
were the products of God’s sovereign grace when He chose to save them
from out of the family while others went to Hell. We find also from our
study that the sons of Korah were in charge of the music. They were the
‘chief musicians’ or directors of temple worship. This Psalm was
written to encourage them and to be sung at public worship.
entitled verses 1-5 “An Instructive Predicament”. We find in
verses 1-3 ‘The Predicament Of His Desire’. David never mentions
what his predicament is, but only deals with his desired response while
going through it. In this predicament three desires are manifested from
David. The first is found in verse 1 which is ‘A Panting Desire’.
Panting is to have a strong heart palpitation while trying to catch ones
breath. He pants for God like a deer pants for the water brook. The
deer would pant after the water as a ‘place of refuge’ when
hunted by an enemy. The deer would also seek the water as a ‘place
of renewing’ when he was wounded by a hunter. The second desired
response is found in verse 2, which is ‘A Thirst’. One who is
hungry can often ignore their pain but if parched with thirst, this must
be quenched. David’s thirst for the ‘living God’ could be summed
up in three ideas. One, He is the ‘original’ and only source of
life. He is the ‘operative’ and only giver of life, and thirdly
He stands in ‘opposition’ to all other gods that claim to have
life. The third desired response is in verse 3 and that is the ‘Search’.
David has lived upon his tears day and night while his soul has
continually cried out, “Where is God?” If Satan will attack us
in any area it will be that God has forsaken us in our time of need. Do
not let our doubts turn to unbelief. Take you doubts to the Lord.
In verse 4 we find ‘The
Predicament Of Devotion’. David began to think upon his days of
worship and praise at the house of God. He remembers the assembling
together with others on Holy day. No doubt he remembered some of the
grand services they had when God would manifest His presence.
In verse 5 we find ‘The Predicament Of His Desperation’.
David begins to talk to himself with the question of ‘Why art thou
cast down’? It is the decease of the sheep when gases build up and
they find themselves in the dying cockroach position. He begins to hope
in God. In verse 1-3 Elohim is mention 5 times. The God who makes all
things from nothing is a God of grace. In this focus of response David
is brought into ‘hope’, which is confident expectation. David
believed by faith that he will yet praise Him and enjoy the blessing of
the face of God’s countenance upon his life once again. Let our
predicaments of life find us panting, thirsting, and seeking after the
God of all grace. He can be found if we search for Him with all our