Psalms Chapter 42
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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.
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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 42 Bible commentary...
The conflict in the soul of a believer.
1-5 The psalmist looked to the Lord as his chief good, and set his heart upon him accordingly; casting anchor thus at first, he rides out the storm. A gracious soul can take little satisfaction in God's courts, if it do not meet with God himself there. Living souls never can take up their rest any where short of a living God. To appear before the Lord is the desire of the upright, as it is the dread of the hypocrite. Nothing is more grievous to a gracious soul, than what is intended to shake its confidence in the Lord. It was not the remembrance of the pleasures of his court that afflicted David; but the remembrance of the free access he formerly had to God's house, and his pleasure in attending there. Those that commune much with their own hearts, will often have to chide them. See the cure of sorrow. When the soul rests on itself, it sinks; if it catches hold on the power and promise of God, the head is kept above the billows. And what is our support under present woes but this, that we shall have comfort in Him. We have great cause to mourn for sin; but being cast down springs from unbelief and a rebellious will; we should therefore strive and pray against it.
6-11 The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies. David saw troubles coming from God's wrath, and that discouraged him. But if one trouble follow hard after another, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us remember they are all appointed and overruled by the Lord. David regards the Divine favour as the fountain of all the good he looked for. In the Saviour's name let us hope and pray. One word from him will calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the light of noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises. Our believing expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it. At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him to trust in the name of the Lord, and to stay himself upon his God. He adds, And my God; this thought enabled him to triumph over all his griefs and fears. Let us never think that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us, if we have made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge. Thus the psalmist strove against his despondency: at last his faith and hope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelieving doubts and fears. Apply the promise first to ourselves, and then plead it to God.
Timothy Wayne George's Psalms Chapter 42 comment about verse 11 on 3/14/2013, 9:30am...
Why are you crushed oh my soul? Why are you disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him. Who is the health of my countenance, and my God. No matter what the trial, God gives us hope, help, and healing. So rather than being depressed, praise God, just as the deer pants after the water brooks, so we must pant after God, the living God. Jesus said because I live, ye shall live also. The thief comes to steal, kill, and to destroy, but Christ comes that we may have life, and that more abundantly.
Emily's Psalms Chapter 42 comment on 2/18/2013, 10:28pm...
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Minister_wallace's Psalms Chapter 42 comment on 12/12/2012, 5:12am...
The "WORD" says as the deer must have water to live; so we must have GOD, THE FATHER, to live. Acts 17:28, For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.
Daniel's Psalms Chapter 42 comment on 8/13/2012, 2:12pm...
This psalm clearly reveals the battle between the old man, and the new man.God help us recken the old man dead,so allowing hope to prevail.
Musa's Psalms Chapter 42 comment about verse 7 on 10/26/2011, 3:59pm...
God is not always by your tears but by your faith and trust in Him
Tony's Psalms Chapter 42 comment on 8/11/2011, 9:06am...
Oh LORD, give to me this heart, uninterupted by the distractions of this life.
Annemarie Oldfield's Psalms Chapter 42 comment on 2/28/2010, 12:57pm...
During my readings this morning I was convicted to memorize Psalm 42. I read from a new translation arranged in daily readings to take me through the Bible in a year, but when I want to memorize Scripture, I like to use the King James Version. Since I couldn't find one today and wanted to begin memorizing right away, I came to your website. Thank you for providing this easy access to specific parts of God's Word in the KJV.
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