I knew he should be there, so I knocked again, but still no answer. The college population that day was like 5 people, the senior citizen population was plentiful. It was a great time of testing for Ed. He expresses his reaction in Verses 9-10: I say to God, my rock:   "Why hast thou forgotten me? Protection. If so, then what do we make of a cast down soul that is calling upon God? Though not every sentence is in orderly petition, yet the outgoing of the soul in this psalm is one prayer from beginning to end. Then we reach the third phase of his experience. She said, "But you can't go back to school." Is the Christian life all about peace and happiness and joy? My soul thirsts for God,   for the living God. Just a word further on the inscriptions. The sons of Korah penned this psalm and few of the other psalms found in Book 2. RayStedman.org/permissions. (Psalms 42:5, 42:11, 43:5), If you refer to the inscription with which this psalm opens, you will find that it is addressed to the Choirmaster, and is called a Maskil of the Sons of Korah. That is what David is experiencing here. Folio. How His professed friends may do this. Are heavy burdens weighing you down? Why have you rejected me? You've helped me in other matters in the past, and I just wondered if, perhaps, you might relent and help me again. So the Psalmist closes again with the refrain that catches up the whole meaning of this song, Why are you cast down, O my soul,   and why are you disquieted within me? 1. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, … 5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ sermons on depression offer a ray of hope—the grace of God—in what can otherwise be a very dark experience. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! Return to the Main Player. Help us, Lord, to lay hold of it and use it in our life, knowing this was written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the age have come. The two usual means for dispelling depression have not helped him this time. The words of Augustine are well known, declaring that our hearts want rest, and cannot find it till it is found in God. 1675. hope in God; for I shall again praise him,   my help and my God. As the deer running through the woods longs for water, so his soul is thirsting after God. That is the feeling expressed here, and what a terrible feeling it is. I wanted nothing to do with you as long as you continued in the Protestant faith. But Ed felt led of God, and so he went to Bible School. He became aware of how they seemed to be calling to one another, "deep calling unto deep," and it reminded him that the deeps in God call out to the deeps in man. What a word of triumph! (2) It has dismal effects, provoking God to take away His bread from men. I told him that as soon as the church service was over I would come to see him. The evil of this practice. The love and joy of God call out from him a prayer to the God of his life. 1 Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from deceitful and wicked men. When can I go and meet with God? That is what this Psalm attempts to teach us: how to get into the sunshine again. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.. We don’t know when the psalms were gathered into five books, but the separation dates back to before our oldest manuscripts, compiled in the Masoretic Text. These inscriptions are part of the inspired record; they belong with the psalm and indicate something vital about it. He is obviously hoping that this will relieve his fears now, but it does not. For permission to use this content, please review (1) It is monstrous ingratitude. And though changes of circumstance and the advance of the Divine dispensations have altered to some extent the relations between temple worship and home life, yet even now it is a sore privation to be debarred from the fellowship of saints, especially when other causes of depression are active at the same time; for in such a case the saints are shut out from the public service when they are most dependent on its helpful aid. 1. I am sure you have found it is hard for you to bear. What a horrible feeling it is to be forgotten! He declares that after the first week no desire for food is left. The way I would like to take us into Psalm 42 is to give an overview, and then show six things that this godly man does in his spiritual depression — six things that I think are meant to shape how we deal with our own seasons of darkness. This is the common, usual experience of most Christians. When you can't shake the blues, and you have a depression of spirit that nothing seems to relieve; when you have tried to remember the past, and tried to recall the unshakable, unchangeable relationships that exist between you and God, but nothing helps; then there is nothing left but to rest upon his word, his truth, and to allow that to heal the heart. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God. 4. The moon calls to the deeps in the sea, raising the tides. It is our purpose in this present series to study the introductory psalm to each of these books. It is a teaching psalm designed for that very purpose. When the service ended I did go over to see him. "Very." There are deeps in God that correspond with deeps in man, and he calls to them. Of. I. He whose face is as yet concealed will soon be revealed. ◄ Psalm 42:5 ► Why are you downcast, O my soul? Thirsting.--Picture our Scripture. Twice a day the waters rise in tides across the earth, because of the moon calling to the ocean. But, for all that, he is a shrivelling, starving man. (1) By unsteadiness in their walk. These are the mornings that are in view here. I've taken refuge in you, God, and yet you do nothing, absolutely nothing. I don't know anything about that. Finally, in desperation, he wrote his mother saying, "Mother, I know you don't like what I'm doing, but I feel led of God to do it. On that occasion he could hear the waterfalls of that mountainous region, the thundering cataracts. There I found him lying in a spreading pool of blood, dead by his own hand. In Psalm 42 & 43 we find David encouraging himself. ◄ Psalm 42:1 ► As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God. Then I will go to the altar of God,   to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre,   O God, my God. Psalms 4, 42, 51, 63. Psalm Sermons. July 23, 2017. But now it does not, and so he tries to help by remembering something else: an experience that he had when he was in the northern part of Israel near Mount Hermon, at the head of the Jordan River, on a little peak of the range where Mount Hermon is located, called Mount Mizar (which, incidentally, means "little mountain"). My little seven year old daughter, Laurie, was in children's church, and I thought she was with her mother. Very often the taunt of the unbeliever is equivalent to this, when we are pointed to the weaknesses and distresses of the Church, and asked - How can your Christianity be Divine, if this is allowed? Our Father, how grateful we are for this remarkable psalm and its help to our hearts in times of depression. He is recalling, here, the past. I'll pay you back this summer. If we live by Him we should surely live for Him. Now we come to the second book of The Psalms which begins with Psalm 42. The whole purpose of this psalm is to help us learn how to handle these times in our own lives. The godly life is the secret of happiness, while the ungodly life tries to look happy, but, inside, is hollow and empty. The eclipse will soon be over. Men thirst after riches, honour, rank, etc., and yet the raging thirst of the spirit remains unquenched. Of course, as soon as we reached home we missed her, and I came right back. And that is what this Psalmist is doing. Lynchburg, Virginia. He is working out his purposes and if you hang on you will yet praise him. This corresponds with the book of Exodus, the story of redemption. No kindly considerations will ever lead the devil to refrain from tempting us because we are weak. It is most fittingly introduced by the forty-second Psalm, which is an expression of the confidence of man in God in a time of trouble. 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?". Now the key to this Psalm is found in the repeated refrain which is found in verses 5, 11 and 43:5. It was made worse by the present taunts of his enemies and the thoughts of past experiences of joy. C. I. And however broken the prayer may be, it is real, it is intense, it is wrung out of the necessities of a living soul. There are four lines of illustration along which this thought may be worked out. VI. Why so disturbed within me? Remember that what God has said about you and therefore what is true about you, does not change. What he is crying out for is an understanding of the word as he reads it; light, breaking out of these marvelous promises, to encourage and strengthen his heart. It is designed to teach us a very important lesson: How to handle our blue moods, those times when you say to yourself, "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?" It tells of God calling Israel out of Egypt, redeeming them by the blood of the Passover lamb. We are never in a surer or safer position than when, deep in sorrow and care, deserted by friends, slighted by neighbours, taunted by foes, we, in loneliness of spirit, look up to God, and to God alone. He tried every way he knew to raise the money, but he couldn't. Faith can only reply, Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. That was the day when the baby fell in the garbage can." 4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng. He expects to find it. (Psalms 42:11 RSV). As with a deadly wound in my body,   my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually,   "Where is your God?" When he drew near to the close of the first year he had a job lined up for the summer to meet his expenses, but he was lacking sixty dollars to pay the final bills for the current semester. ", 10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, "Where is your God?". Finally, that night, fearing that I would lie sleepless all night long, my wife and I together took our Bibles and began to read. Yes, hope in God, for he is working out his purposes. IV. We thank you in Jesus' name, Amen. They are almost that haphazard. Put your hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the salvation of His presence. He does something about it. As we look at it you will note that it traces three stages of the Psalmist's experience, and at the end of each stage there comes the refrain that describes what brought him through, "Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.". (Psalms 42:4 RSV). This outline is intended for your personal, non-commercial use. 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. The evil one will take advantage of our moments of distress to insinuate racking doubts. In Psalm 42 it is "thirsting for God," but in some of the other passages "hungering". Website © 2020 by Ray Stedman Ministries. (2) Our forgetting our dependence upon God. I had just begun my work at Peninsula Bible Church when there came to me a young man who was having severe marital problems. A few weeks ago on a Sunday morning after the service I left for home. In those days, "the Lord loved the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob;" and on many grounds the worship in the courts of Zion played a very large part in the spiritual delights of the saints. If there be any who have not passed through any such experience as that in this psalm, these words will be wonderfully uninteresting, if not unintelligible. Hope in God; for I shall yet praise him,   my help and my God. V. AT THE DARKEST MOMENT, THERE IS REASONING WITHIN REASONING. Why so disturbed within me? The answer to each blue mood is, "Hope thou in God;" i.e., wait for God. Late in David's reign Absalom took over the kingdom temporarily and David was driven into exile outside Jerusalem. Stand upon his word. (Psalms 43:2 RSV), This time his question reveals he has reached the place of despair. The grief is exacerbated by the taunts of “Where is your God?” which, in the psalm comes from external sources, but in our lives is a question that may well have passed from our own lips. He seized on the Master "when he was an hungred." Scripture: Psalm 42. None of us need think that because we are Christians we shall escape times of depression; they will come. A chapter by chapter and verse by verse study of Psalms taught by Pastor Paul LeBoutillier of Calvary Chapel Ontario, Oregon. He was left with a boy about five years of age. And such a prayer, with all its ruggedness and brokenness, is infinitely better than one of those orderly, cold, lukewarm petitions which come from no suffering, and cry for no relief. (5) By secret dalliance with some bosom idol, to the slighting of Christ. In other words, he is experiencing a sense of God's delay. Why have you cast me off? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. II. 2, 4.) "The Lord will command his loving-kindness," etc. "He who has loved us bears us through, And makes us more than conquerors too!" By no means. Yes" "Did you love her less because she couldn't speak to you?" For a few weeks there was a real change in this young man's life. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Therefore let us be humbled on account of this sin, and resolve to reform and amend our ways. We are bidden "walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. That’s because in most of the oldest manuscripts … (Psalms 43:5 RSV). 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