He remembers worshipping God in the Temple. Remember that what God has said about you and therefore what is true about you, does not change. You seem to imagine that I have no ups-and-downs but just a level and lofty stretch of spiritual attainment with unbroken joy and equanimity. So he reminds himself in the refrain, Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? John Piper Jun 1, 2008 3.5K Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. But two weeks later she wrote to him, "Ed, I want to know this kind of a God." He looked back to the time when he used to accompany the throng and to lead them in procession to the sanctuary. Remember! (1 Ki. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, … When he went to meet his mother she said, "Well, son, you've given up your Protestant faith, have you?" (Psalms 43:5 RSV). He was in his twenties, and his wife had just divorced him. Website © 2020 by Ray Stedman Ministries. Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? "He who has loved us bears us through, And makes us more than conquerors too!" hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. Our Father, how grateful we are for this remarkable psalm and its help to our hearts in times of depression. Denomination: Foursquare When You’Re Depressed, Your Main Need Is to Seek God Himself, Not Just Relief. The two usual means for dispelling depression have not helped him this time. Elijah had a tremendous victory over the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel. We all know something of this problem. Of course, as soon as we reached home we missed her, and I came right back. I wanted nothing to do with you as long as you continued in the Protestant faith. The love and joy of God call out from him a prayer to the God of his life. BOOK II Psalms 42–72 -Psalm 42 - For the director of music. 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. (2) Our forgetting our dependence upon God. 1675. We said to her, "Your little Ada was very ill some time back, was she not?" We thank you in Jesus' name, Amen. The book of Psalms falls into five different divisions, five books. They are almost that haphazard. If we live by Him we should surely live for Him. He is determined to remember how God has helped him in the past. Her mother thought she was with me, so we went home and left her. Lest you think that some of the great saints have never had this kind of trouble, let me share with you a quotation from an outstanding theologian and preacher of the l9th century, Dr. John Henry Jowett. He had been raised in a Roman Catholic family in the New England area. Today's sermon is about finding our hope when we're at the end of our rope, and how vital hope is, and what we can do to regain our hope as seen in what King David wrote in Psalm 62. That’s because in most of the oldest manuscripts … (2) When their lusts are fed and fattened by God's good benefits bestowed on them, so that instead of being led to repentance thereby, they are led farther away from God ("Jeshurun" and Ezekiel 16:49, 50). 1675. They just go along making everybody around them miserable because they are passing through times of depression. She turned around, went out the door, and went home. Writing on the Wall - Psalm 82 Sermon, December Prayer Service. Scripture: Psalms 62, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalms 42:5. Why have you cast me off? At the moment we are writing, an Italian, named Succi, is making the experiment of going without food for forty days, having made similar attempts before, though for a shorter period. Now the first stage is one of intense longing and desire. EXHORDIUM In this Psalm, we see a godly man with a tormented soul. I lack sixty dollars of my school expenses, but I have to pay it before I take my final exam. Sabbaths at Home: or, a help to their right improvement; founded on the Forty-second and Forty-third Psalms. A maskil of the Sons of Korah. My little seven year old daughter, Laurie, was in children's church, and I thought she was with her mother. There are four lines of illustration along which this thought may be worked out. I knew he should be there, so I knocked again, but still no answer. (Psalms 42:9-10 RSV), He is still deeply troubled. They baffle the logic of the intellect; but the heart has a logic and an eloquence too, that are all its own. When shall I come and behold the face of God? 2, 4.) Psalms 4, 42, 51, 63. Yes, hope in God, for he is working out his purposes. When his Catholic family heard that he was planning to go to Bible School, they called him in, and told him that if he went there he could never be their son again. When can I go and meet with God? Sign In. In other words, he is experiencing a sense of God's delay. If so, then what do we make of a cast down soul that is calling upon God? (Vers. There are many Corneliuses longing for the Peters to come and tell them about God. This usually steadies him strengthens him and helps him. 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. Fighting for Hope | Psalm 42 4.21-22.2018 Thank You Summit I came here as a 19 year old college sophomore who was disenfranchised with church. It did not hurt her that she was a little late; it was just that she thought we had all forgotten her. That is what David is experiencing here. ", His mother wrote back, "Son, when you left this house to go to a Protestant Bible college, I told you that you were never to come back again. He says, My soul is cast down within me, therefore I remember thee from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. "That was the day the garage caught on fire." It was a shock, a most terrible shock. Yea, mine own familiar friend in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. And that is what this Psalmist is doing. Why so disturbed within me? 1, 2.) Though not every sentence is in orderly petition, yet the outgoing of the soul in this psalm is one prayer from beginning to end. You told me at that time that your God would take care of you, but now that you come to a time of trouble you run back to me. Apart from … His mother did not say a word. Psalm 42 Sermon Notes Psalm 42 . Note —. Down But Not Out. Is the Christian life all about peace and happiness and joy? 3-4 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? 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. ONLY THE LIVING GOD CAN SATISFY THE CRAVINGS OF HUMAN SPIRITS. "No; I think I loved her more, if anything." He has found God as his God, as his "exceeding Joy;" but there are times in the experience of many such when all that they have known and realized of God's love seems like a dream of the past; when the light of heaven is partially or even totally eclipsed. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 1. 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. My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me continually, "Where is your God?" We know not who these were that could be so intensely cruel to the psalmist when they witnessed his woe. 42:4. In the worldly, even in Christian lands. So in spiritual things, a man may trifle with the yearnings of the Spirit, till the yearning ceases. (2) It has dismal effects, provoking God to take away His bread from men. But, for some reason, that help is delayed and this is hard for him to bear. It is in the depths, through billow after billow rolling over it, and yet at the very moment indulges in blessed memories and hopeful faith. 42:3. b) God has forgotten him. (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. They are in a bad mood, and they wait for it to pass but do nothing about it. I will be in Los Angeles this next weekend. 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 is obviously hoping that this will relieve his fears now, but it does not. 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. Just as he was going out the door with his bags the Dean of Education stopped him, and asked him to come into the office for a moment. Lynchburg, Virginia. ", But here the Psalmist is showing us that memory can be an important aid by remembering the positive experiences of God's blessing. I had just begun my work at Peninsula Bible Church when there came to me a young man who was having severe marital problems. I tried every way to find help. This Psalm is intended to teach something to us. Stand upon his word. He cries out, For thou art the God in whom I take refuge; why hast thou cast me off? 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?" I'll be at this address, and if you want to come home with me, come there, and I'll know that you've dropped all this foolishness.". His remembering of the past has not worked. I do not to this day know what we read, but I remember that every word came like balm, like healing salve, to my heart. He said, "No, mother, I haven't." (4) By formality and listlessness in the duties of religion. He was fourteen years old before he even saw a Protestant, and when he saw his first one he expected to see horns sprouting from his head, and a tail waving around behind. Men have betrayed him, mistreated him; it is a gross injustice. 11 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Finally I tried the door, saw it was open, and went in. 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? He gained firm hold on God. In Psalm 42 it is "thirsting for God," but in some of the other passages "hungering". He knows God has met his need in the past and he expects him to meet it again. (Psalms 43:3-4 RSV). A Practical Exposition of the Forty-second Psalm, in ten Sermons, in Choice and Practical Expositions on four select Psalms. Religious Affections Attended with Increase of Spiritual Longing, The Feelings and Sentiments of a Renewed Soul, The Religious Aspects of a Soul in Earnest, The Soul of Man has no Resource Independent of God, Remonstrance of the Spiritual Man Against the Natural Man, The evil of Christ's friends lifting up their heel against Him. Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God." The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, "Where is your God?" I told him that as soon as the church service was over I would come to see him. Spiritual Depression in the Psalms. Since we all have troubles, this is a very appropriate psalm for anyone, at any stage of life. There comes a time in all of our lives when we discover for ourselves that the ultimate refuge of any believer is in the word of God, what God has said. 9 I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? But let the cause be what it may, it is agony to the saint when he can neither see, nor feel, nor find his God (see Job 23:3-10; also Psalm 21:1, and our notes thereon). Who shall separate us from his love? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise him, my help and my God. V. AT THE DARKEST MOMENT, THERE IS REASONING WITHIN REASONING. John Piper Apr 21, 2007 0 Shares Sermon. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 3. Whenever he is discouraged he has learned to look back to the time when God dealt with him in this remarkable way. The answer to each blue mood is, "Hope thou in God;" i.e., wait for God. We learn why he so thirsts in the question he asks at the close of Verse 2, "When shall I come and behold the face of God?". The words of Augustine are well known, declaring that our hearts want rest, and cannot find it till it is found in God. I am often perfectly wretched, and everything appears most murky. (9) By habitual neglect of the duties of practical godliness (Galatians 2:20). 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. Scripture: Psalm 42. You've helped me in other matters in the past, and I just wondered if, perhaps, you might relent and help me again. Psalm Sermons. What a revelation that is. There we have the explanation of the origin of the universe, the origin of humanity, the beginning of sin, the problem of evil in human life, and the beginning of redemption. Isaiah. Sermon Notes. It can scarce understand itself; but "He knoweth our frame," with all its complicated and vexing play of doubt and chiding, of hope and fear. That is one of the greatest things to do when you begin to experience depression of spirit. 4. (Psalms 42:11 RSV). He expects to find it. Psalm 42, like almost every other psalm of lament, gives voice to pain ~ and then it turns toward hope: “Hope in God; for I shall again praise God, my help and my God.” One of the remarkable things about most of the psalms of lament is that they do … II. (Vers. He is recalling, here, the past. 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? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? (4) When in any manner of way they live to the dishonour of God (Romans 2:3-6). You know how the sun and the rain call to the deeps in a seed, causing it to stir with life and to spring up and grow. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 2 You are God my stronghold. These five books of Moses spell out the pattern of God's working with men. I often feel as though my religious life had only just begun and that I am in the kindergarten age. Psalm 42 1 Psalm 42 For the director of music. (8) By wearying of converse with God. Then we reach the third phase of his experience. THE ENEMY OFTEN TAKES ADVANTAGE OF OUR TIMES OF SPECIAL WEAKNESS. July 23, 2017. It is the story, in other words, of the work of God on behalf of man. (Psalms 42:8 RSV). 18:16-46) God had shown himself to Elijah and the people of Israel in great power and Elijah had been vindicated. RayStedman.org/permissions. 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