Psalms Chapter 42 Discussion

  • Richard H Priday on Psalms 42 - 1 year ago
    Psalm 42. PART TWO of the 5 sections of Psalms

    I am not sure how the divisions of the Psalms relate to the Pentateuch but I heard they were in five sections. At any rate; this begins the first one that is NOT written by David. The sons of Korah were descendants of those destroyed in the rebellion by God therefore were grateful to have a place (see 1 Chronicles 9:19 for their place as doorkeepers in the House of God).

    The first two verses echo the popular song "As the deer panteth for the water". The rest of the Psalm seems to contain a desire to appear before God (v. 3); and considering Him in a dispersed situation (v. 6). It seems like a diaspora; although the details are missing. The Psalmist (or multiple "sons" of Korah) seem to be taunted by the enemies as to where God is in verse 3 and 10. The author(s) of the Psalm also ask themselves and cry out to God the same plea in verses 5 and 9.

    The last verse of the Psalm shows how praising God raises the condition of the soul from all sorts of despair. This is good to remember whether it is in suffering the perishing of the old body in 2 Cor. 4:16; facing martyrdom ( Philippians 1:21); or just the stresses of everyday life. Thankfully; as God states emphatically in Ezekiel 18:20. The sons are not to bear the guilt for their father's sins. This also; of course shows us that just because our parents may be a Pastor that we are not specially privileged in any way. Matthew 23:15 gives that principle to the Pharisees; whose physical descendancy from Abraham didn't give them any spiritual value without true faith. Praise the Lord for His grace toward the sons of Korah who didn't rebel.
  • Chris - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 1 year ago
    Psalms 42 & 43 are generally believed to be written by the same author & the one follows the other. We can understand that the Psalmist was in exile, or held captive, in the far North of Palestine ( Psalm 42:6), & being in that sad state, he yearns to return to the temple in Jerusalem (vv 1-5), reveals the depths of his distress (vv 6-11), & prays to God that he might return ( Psalm 43:1-5).

    Even though that specific situation of the Psalmist wouldn't apply to us, I see the verse common in both Psalms (v11 & v 5), "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God", as being relevant.

    So, the lesson to be learned from these Psalms would be: as much as we all face trials & tribulations of various sorts in this life, some even causing us to become "disquieted" (or, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually troubled), we should not allow these trials to overcome us, thus bringing us to grief & making us useless to all including ourselves. Rather, as the Psalmist tried to pick himself up, turning away from his hopelessness of his circumstances & instead made a wilful decision to turn to God, Who alone was able to save him. When our eyes are turned away from our miserable lot & turned to the One Who is able to deliver & keep, then our hearts can be filled with praise & thankfulness, & we can echo Psalm 118:23, "This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes." When we see & acknowledge that God alone can deliver us, our perspective on life will be different & we would see the testing of our faith working out in patience, longsuffering, hope, trust & joy in our lives. And as believers bought with Christ's precious Blood, we have so much to rejoice in & trust in the power of His Holy Name. We should never get despondent, but if it comes upon us, we know that we have an intimate relationship with the Lord Who will never leave us & will carry us through it.
  • T. Levis - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 1 year ago
    James 1:5, John 14:26, John 16:13,

    Trust the LORD to reveal why, please pray for wisdom & understanding as you read.

    Sometimes I've studied scripture & led to something in scripture that's later helpful for someone or brought up in discussion.

    2Corinthians 1:3-5,

    Hopefully these are helpful
  • MRosenbalm on Psalms 42 - 1 year ago
    If you're led to the 42 Psalm what should be the lesson learned?
  • Robert J DeHaan on Psalms 42 - 2 years ago
    This psalm as always helped me through difficult times in my life when unbelief and doubt stole my joy. A vexed soul to me is who never takes the Word of God seriously. The Lord can cure every type of heartache the soul can experience. Jesus Christ knows us better than we know ourselves. Nothing is hidden from our Creator who breaths life into every living thing. He knows what happened yesterday, today and everyday in our future. He gave you and I free will to choose Him or to choose self. We know for the vast majority self is is #1. Only Jesus Christ can change our way of living life to the fullest. Hope thou in God are very powerful words that people need to know, Praise the Lord morning, noon and evening. You can not have a vexed soul if you Praise Him with Thanksgiving in our hearts. Count it all Joy, for His eye is even on the sparrow. Thank you Lord for saving my soul and making me whole once again. Amen, in Christ's Name we pray.
  • David on Psalms 42 - 2 years ago
    Thank you Lord for being my rock, my buckler, and shield. Your loving kindness is in the daytime, and your song at night. Though the world and flesh surround me, thou art ever my hope.

    Bless the people in Afghanistan, the saints, and all who are calling on you. Make our men and women in authority realize they need your salvation and wisdom to complete the task before the us all. Thank you for blessing, and keeping Jerusalem as your Word dictates. May we all stand fast in you as our Anchor. August 26, 2021
  • T Robinson Ahlstrom on Psalms 42 - 2 years ago
    Satan tempts to sin and then, if we succumb, uses our failure to cloud our minds, wound our hearts and break our wills. We must remember that we matter not to him. His attack is on our Redeemer and Friend, the LORD Jesus.

    But, the cross turned out, not to be Satan's great victory, but his full and final defeat. In the same way, his relentless attacks on Christ's Church are, in the in the all-wise providence of the Almighty, a primary means by which we are fitted for Heaven.

    As surely as the LORD Jesus rose from the grave, the Holy Spirit of The Holy God will give us the victory so that we may, at last, be presented "faultless before the throne of His Glory."

    Knowing this, we must not surrender to despair but fly to Jesus whose infinite love will never reject his bride.
  • Mishae - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    If you type HART or ROE in the search box (where you drop into this website)

    The search engine will pull up every scripture with those words in it. You can even scroll downward and read a Matthew Henry commentary.

    A Roe is a rabbit.
  • Sacha - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    Jesse ,i think an Hart is a type of antelope .
  • Jesse on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    What Is The Meaning Of Hart?
  • Duke Whipple on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    Q. What is the difference between the last supper and the Passover?
  • Racquell on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    The response to the question: why is my soul disquiet within me, as for me wasn't forthcoming because I believe in soul searching. This scripture encourages christian believers to hope in God and never lose Faith
  • Rick Mentzer - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    The she conjured up was a devil spirit representing himself as the dead man of God and don't think that the enemy doesn't have that kind of power. Remember we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world. This stuff is not fantasy.
  • Duke - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    1st Samuel 28_15 was this really Samuel? Remember, he is dealing with a witch, which has a familiar Spirit. (Demon)Spirit. How can she have the power to raise up Samuel?and God certainly doesn't deal with witches.
  • John - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    I haven't seen any racial injustice in the USA except from the few who yell and scream publicly that it exists. Ironically they are the only ones who are spreading racism, like a self-fulfilling prophesy. All the noise can be contagious and you will see some experience confirmation bias from it as well. It's interesting how the billionaires who look like them aren't screaming about the same inequality, but won't disagree with it, either, as to not disrupt the narrative.
  • Tomas - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    Human-caused Global warming, BLM, Antifa-- hired guns from the (deep state - democratic party) is a lie from the pit of hell.
  • Lawsuits Between Christians and AccusersMishael on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    To Adam,

    You are right Adam, we do see too much on the same subject; from the same people.

    1. When Jesus told the adulterous woman to go and sin no more; it was because He had come to take the sins of ALL mankind, upon Himself. "For God so loved the world". She had to make a choice. The Bible leaves that part out. However, Hollywood has given their interpretation many times.

    So all of my sins were taken from me and nailed to his Cross. His blood made me clean, righteous, in right standing. He threw my sins (past, present, future) as far as the east is from the west; in a straight line. Infinity. He threw them into the sea of forgetfulness. He chooses not to remember them.

    We do our best to not sin anymore, but as long as we are encased in flesh, we are going need Jesus to be our heavenly advocate before the Throne. I don't know any other way to explain it. If you really really love someone you will avoid situations of compromise that loose accusations upon us from Satan: the Accuser of the brethren, or believers.

    God cannot ever look upon sin. He is a consuming fire. Only Jesus makes it possible to learn who "our Father who art in heaven", is. He is the bridge between us and God.

    Mercy, Grace, Justice, Good Will, Peace with God. We need Jesus. Our NAMES are written in the Lambs' Book of Life. No one else can blot them out.

    If Christians sue other Christians with the Law. The accusers are guilty of suing their brethren, before the unbelievers.

    I will not agree to comment that what Jesus did, was not enough. I will not judge unrighteously. With righteous judgment we are allowed to approach the bench.

    I will not sue you.

    I'm going to plea Not Guilty by the Blood of the Lamb. I will throw myself on the mercy of the court.

    It's all in how we respond to the proceedings set forth.

    If anyone reading this is under condemnation by what others accuse: call upon your Advocate (attorney for the Defense). 1 John 1. Jesus Christ!
  • Stanjett - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    troubled, uneasy.
  • Disquieted Used in Scripture - In Reply on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    Read the Chapters these scriptures are in, to see what was going on at those times, to cause disquietedness in these people's lives:

    1 Samuel 28:15

    And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

    Psalms 39:6

    Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

    Psalms 42:5

    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.

    Psalms 42:11

    Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

    Psalms 43:5

    Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

    Proverbs 30:21

    For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:

    Disquieted in Proverbs 30, interestingly is a prophetic book speaking to the signs of the Times we are living in Now.

    Describing this Generation of people's living on the earth. Even describing the riots in our cities:

    the hatred of our young people against their own parents

    The hatred against racial injustice,

    Hatred against upper class, middle class, and lower class, that suffer need for everything.

    Hatred for generations that did nothing (in their perception) to save the earth, prevent global warming, killing animals into extinction, ethnic cleansing of whole nations of people to take their lands for their own greedy reasons.

    As they erupt in anger, so will the earth respond in kind.

  • David Spradlin on Psalms 42 - 3 years ago
    What does disquieted mean?
  • Lizziey on Psalms 42:7 - 3 years ago
    Deep human needs call to what is deep still in the things of God. Only deep satisfies what is deep
  • Bradford Wayne Godwin on Psalms 42 - 4 years ago
    Indeed this Psalm shows depression but also shows the answer David talked to himself He did not allow himself to talk to him We to often listen to ourself David knew how to encourage himself
  • J Huffman on Psalms 42 - 4 years ago
    I think it makes you realize what your real help comes from...and for you to stop feeling sorry for yourself and trust God with your life and not man.
  • Sheldon on Psalms 42 - 5 years ago
    This shows depression is a real emotion and it does get bad,but JESUS wants us to cling to him a little more. Trust even more ,hope in him a little more. Keep pushing while we praise YAHWEH foever more.
  • Carolyn wilkerson on Psalms 42 - 5 years ago
    i love the Psalms God, protection of David and his love for God his praise and joy in serving his God.
  • Hyacenth on Psalms 42 - 6 years ago
    Psalm 42 , 1-11 Oh LORD I love thee and feel I should just come and be with you to escape all my troubles because when I am glad think of YOU go to the house of GOD the (Church) to be filled with joy and happiness and to experience miracles on those sensitive issues of my life. But verses 5/11 creates an impression that the penitent troubles remains unsolved, then comes the sorrow but 5 says WHY..
  • Christiana Ladipo on Psalms 42 - 6 years ago
    God is forever present even though when we are in doubt at our darkest hour, he will surely wipe away our tears and rekindled our hearts through his grace
  • Dwayne smith on Psalms 42 - 6 years ago
    In a world filled with trouble and sorrows and when our soul is troubled our only hope is God, the living God.
  • Peter A. Okebukola on Psalms 42 - 6 years ago
    God is ever ready to protect us against our enemies. Praise be to His Name on high. We should call on Him and He will answer.
  • Leslie Brown on Psalms 42 - 6 years ago
    It is so easy to let life issues get to us that is why we must everyday read the word of God. The devil has come to steal kill and destroy. But we have power with the word of God we must continue to speak his word by saying it is written He will never leave us or forsake us. It is written He has come that we may have life more abundantly.

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