Mudge and others think that the sons of Korah were a society of musicians, founded or presided over by Korah. Those who have enjoyed the presence of God in the public ordinances of religion will greatly desire, if deprived of them, to be favoured with them again ... Prevention from attending the public ordinances of God's house may be made the means of great benefit to the soul. public worship. Psalm 42:1 in all English translations. When God restores His captive people, Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad. Nathanael Culverwel's "Panting Soul," 1652. Give him his God and he is as content as the poor deer which at length slakes its thirst and is perfectly happy; but deny him his Lord, and his heart heaves, his bosom palpitates, his whole frame is convulsed, like one who gasps for breath, or pants with long running. Zachary Bogan. The Korahites were a part of the band who acknowledged David as their chief, at Ziklag; warriors "whose faces," it is said, "were like the faces of lions, and who were (for speed) like gazelles upon the mountains." The word is strong, and expresses that eagerness and fervency of desire, which extreme thirst may be supposed to raise in an animal almost spent in its flight from the pursuing dogs. We may learn from this verse that the eagerness of our desires may be pleaded with God, and the more so, because there are special promises for the importunate and fervent. Psalm 42:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV) Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses. At any rate, we who have been rescued as they were from going down into the pit, out of the mere good pleasure of Jehovah, can heartily join in this Psalm, and indeed in all the songs which show forth the praises of our God and the pantings of our hearts after him. Wherewith can it be satisfied? By driving us more directly from God. ; and by these metaphors, one or the other, is expressed the BOOK II Psalms 42–72Psalm 42#In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms and constitute one psalm.#In Hebrew texts :1-11 is numbered 42:2-12.For the director of music. Psalms 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks Either through a natural thirst that creature is said to have; or through the heat of the summer season; and especially when hunted by dogs, it betakes itself to rivers of water, partly to make its escape, and partly to extinguish its thirst, and refresh itself. That choice band of singers, the sons of Korah, are bidden to make this delightful Psalm one of their peculiars. According to 1 Chronicles 9:17-19 , the Korahites were in David's time, keepers of the threshold of the tabernacle; and still earlier, in the time of Moses, watchmen at the entrance of the camp of the Levites. As the hart brays so his soul prays. The meaning is, that in the dark night of sorrow and trouble he would not cease to call on God. We could sooner doubt the authorship of the second part of Pilgrim's Progress than question David's title to be the composer of this Psalm. 8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. He is banished from the temple, and he thinks himself banished from his God, as it is in the following words, When shall I come and appear before God? There was no place in the world that David regarded or cared to be in in comparison of it. (Psalms 42–72) Psalm 42 Longing for God and His Help in Distress. A maskil#Title: Probably a litera Verse 1. for water, and pants after it, and is peculiar to it; and the Folio. And they miss it greatly. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. But the Korahites were also celebrated musicians and singers; see 1 Chronicles 6:16-33 , where Heman, one of the three famous musicians of the time, is said to be a Korahite (compare 1 Chronicles 25:1-31 ). Schindler F4 gives three reasons why these Verse 1,2. And I think, I hear the willing people of God's power, merrily calling one to another in the words of Micah 4:2 , "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." He is banished from the sanctuary, the palace of God's nearest presence, and chiefest residence; he cannot enjoy the beauty of holiness, and all other places seem to him but as the tents of Kedar. Retail: $39.99. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness" Psalms 84:10 , insomuch, that he could find it in his heart, nay, and would choose, if he might have his desire, to spend all his days in that house. the "hind"; and Kimchi conjectures that the reason of it may be, escape, and partly to extinguish its thirst, and refresh itself. But there’s more to them than simply being guilty before the Lord and not seeking his mercy. Subject. Psalm 42:1 "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." By making us to prize the means of grace more highly. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 133-206. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. As the deer running through the woods longs for water, so his soul is thirsting after God. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 42:1-4 1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. Sabbaths at Home: or, a help to their right improvement; founded on the Forty-second and Forty-third Psalms. Who should imagine that from the posterity of him who said, "Ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Aaron," should have risen those whose sweet Psalms would be the heritage of the church of God to the end of time? Isaiah 56:7 . Debarred from public worship, David was heartsick. The soul strongly desires acquaintance with God here in his ordinances. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 1651. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The *psalmist is the person that wrote the psalm. by destroying and eating serpents, they coveted water to refresh I am interested in this theme of hungering and thirsting for God. So intense was the man’s sadness over not being able to worship Jehovah at His sanctuary that ‘his tears became his food day and night’—he lost his appetite. TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. The structure of the song directs us to consider it in two parts which end with the same refrain; Psalms 42:1-5 and then Psalms 42:6-11 . by dogs, it betakes itself to rivers of water, partly to make its When You’Re Depressed, Your Main Need Is to Seek God Himself, Not Just Relief. By the bitter, but ofttimes wholesome food of tears. A gracious soul can take little satisfaction in God's courts, if it do not meet with God himself there. When shall I come and appear before God? creatures are so desirous of water; because they were in desert that the voice of the female is short, but that of the male is Proud member Division. My tears have been my food. He has reached the place in his experience where he knows only God can meet his need. Title. London: 1823. As a hind, or female deer, in a dry region longs for water, the Levite longed for Jehovah. Psalm 42:1(NASB) Verse Thoughts A depth of urgency and deep pathos is captured in these verses as the metaphor of a weary hind, parched from the blistering heat of the day, is exhausted from the pounding pursuit of howling hounds, who are relentlessly hot on her trail and baying for her blood. It is the cry of a man far removed from the outward ordinances and worship of God, sighing for the long loved house of his God; and at the same time it is the voice of a spiritual believer, under depressions, longing for the renewal of the divine presence, struggling with doubts and fears, but yet holding his ground by faith in the living God.