As the Deer Pants (Psalm 42)

Some very well-known passages are in this psalm.  This is the first psalm in the book of Psalms not attributed to David.  It is the first psalm in what is called Book Two.  This psalm is attributed to the Sons of Korah.

Verse one begins:  “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.”  This is a thoughtful reflection on the need and desire for God in the writer’s life.  He then asks when he will be able to come before God for deliverance.  The writer cries day and night, and his enemies question the reality of his God.  He determines to pour out his soul before the Lord.  The writer then asks, “Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.”  Verse seven continues this cry for connection with God, “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls…” and follows that up with “The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me.”  The writer ends the psalm with “For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.”

One of the Sons of Korah is acquainted with grief and sorrow.  He has problems, and he has enemies.  However, he questions his fears and his discouragement, and turns His hope to the Lord.  Although he is distressed and worried, the underlying default reaction to his tough circumstances is to trust in the Lord.  Great advice to any and all who are struggling and need some hope.  Hope in the Lord!

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