Psalm 42

At prayer on the heights of Hermon, the author of this psalm is thirsting for the living God. How can you satiate your thirst for more of him?

 


 

THIRSTING FOR THE LIVING GOD

For the Chief Musician. A contemplation by the sons of Korah.

 

VERSE 1. As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants after you, God.

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my soul pants after you, God. This is an intense longing. Do you long for more of God?

 

VERSE 2. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

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My soul thirsts for God. Are you thirsty for God? How can you satiate your thirst for more of him?

Matthew 5:6. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

 

VERSE 3. My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?”

Where is your God? This is the question of the taunter.

 

VERSE 4. These things I remember, and pour out my soul within me, how I used to go with the crowd, and led them to God’s house, with the voice of joy and praise, a multitude keeping a holy day.

 

VERSE 5. Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.

 

VERSE 6. My God, my soul is in despair within me. Therefore I remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon, from the hill Mizar.

from the hill Mizar. Perhaps the author was praying here.

 

VERSE 7. Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterfalls. All your waves and your billows have swept over me.

 

VERSE 8. the LORD will command his loving kindness in the daytime. In the night his song shall be with me: a prayer to the God of my life.

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VERSE 9. I will ask God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

 

VERSE 10. As with a sword in my bones, my adversaries reproach me, while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?”

 

VERSE 11. Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him, the saving help of my countenance, and my God.

 


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