Psalms 42

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. 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. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 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. I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? 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.

Are as follows…

It is a description of a soul/heart longing after God and his word, wanting to grow closer to God day by day. One that is seeking God but can’t see him. One that might be troubled with the troubles of life yet longs to feel God’s presence. It tells of one that does what they know to do, going to the house of worship, praising God, yet still needing and longing for more.

It also shows how when we seek and search for God, wondering where he might be, in a worldly situation and in our personal lives, there is no need to fear or doubt God. There is no need to be cast down. We can hope in God. We are reminded that in God is our help, strength and rock. Because we have God in which to place our hope, we can have a healthy countenance or be happy and offer praise unto God even when we cannot see him.

There is the human question and concern for God’s presence and a soul’s trust in the hope we can have in God.