Why not answer the calumny that we worship a tyrant on the throne of heaven by saying: “This Jesus, the deliverer of captives, the opener of sight to the blind, the friend of the poor, is He in whom we see the Father. in a blessed relationship to God. But these dear ones pass away, and we find, as life goes on, that after all in the world of the affections, that old, strange law that pervades one branch of the contrast prevails: affection can stimulate, it can support, it can console, it can delight, it can lead to delirium at moments, but it does not satisfy. Appearance before God here and hereafter, I. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God,.... Who is so called, in opposition to the idols of the Gentiles, which were lifeless statues; and who is the author, giver, and maintainer of natural life; and who has promised and provided eternal life in his Son; and is himself the fountain of life, and the fountain of living waters, and a place of broad rivers and streams: particularly his lovingkindness, which is better than life, is a pure river of water of life, the streams where make glad the saints; and hence it is that the psalmist thirsted after God, and the discoveries of his love: saying. Do you long after -- thirst after a greater and greater sense of knowing No, we believe in God the Father. The living God.—Evidently, from the metaphor, regarded as the fountain or source of life. For thus he learnt that the thirst for God is the thirst of man. An Overview of Psalm 42. A. “even for the living God”--so the psalmist goes on. No man carries within him the fountain from which he can draw. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-42.html. See Exodus 23:15 25:30. Thirst as longing is eternal; thirst as aspiration after God is the glory of heaven; thirst as desire for more of Him is the very condition of the celestial world, and the element of all its blessedness. The Ten Commandments, and especially the Gospel, are for this end. Externally his circumstances are oppressing. 1. Compare Psalms 41:12, "Thou ... settest me before thy face for ever;" Genesis 4:14; Genesis 4:16, "Cain went out from the presence of the Lord" (perhaps the cherubim at the east of Eden, the symbol of God's presence). in your experience that might be described as hungering and thirsting for “Athirst for God.” If so, thank God the Father for His love, for indeed He loves you; honour the bleeding wounds whence flowed the precious blood; praise the eternal Spirit, through whom the sacrifice was offered, and by whom you are sanctified. It cries out for deliverance from temptation and sin. App-6. 1874-1909. Psalm 42 Sermon Notes Psalm 42 . Wherever men are found they are religious beings. Be so in regard to God. into his presence as a true child of the Father should when he knows that let me put two sayings of Scripture side by side, ‘My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God,’-’Father Abraham! Three (3) stanzas. In Psalm 42 & 43 we find David encouraging himself. Is it not the same, the world-wide, world-old thought of the poor Judaean exile on the wild Abarim hills?--“My soul is athirst for God, for the living God.” Ah! But the point of the self-discovery is put into the expression, “for the living God.” It was no mere rain-pool, still and stagnant, round which he saw those gazelles gathering. or "irreverent", ignoring his majesty and his holiness. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 42:2 and more! How little of this longing there is in our hearts, this thirst for God, the living God; and all the while God, looking down upon us in His infinite mercy, is longing for our hearts, the hearts of His children. What is that desire to know concerned about? BOOK II Psalms 42–72 -Psalm 42 - For the director of music. I suggest several meanings of the metaphor. And all these cries of the creature--this curiosity, so strong, so keen--this awful aspiration, soaring beyond the stars--and this regret so deep, so passionate--they gather up in one wild wail of need. Experience is the test of that principle. My soul thirsteth for God] More than ever it did once for the water of the well of Bethlehem; and that, because he is the living God, the fountain of living waters, that only can cool and quench my desires, Jeremiah 2:13; Jeremiah 17:13, so as I shall never thirst again, John 4:14, whereas of all things else we may say. A Psalm of David.. 40 I u waited patiently for the L ord;. There God will be on the throne of judgment; here He is on the throne of grace. So it is in some codices, with one early printed edition, Aramaean, and Syriac. What they held was that God prepared them for His appearing by teaching them to hope for it. The thirst of his soul could not be satisfied with anything but Him who both kindles and satisfies the thirst of all human souls. All men, especially all women, know in some degree what it is to wish to be loved, to be thought about and cared for. 2. The Christian life -- if it is properly understood, is always in process. But I venture to take them in a wider sense than that. Now we worship for preparation, there for enjoyment. It is a clamorous cry which comes from, which proclaims abroad, a need of man. They indicate a sense of the sacredness of words, which we should honour in others and Cry by all means to cultivate in ourselves. Here is frequent appearance, there but once, and is for ever driven from His presence. What unhappy clogs these fleshly, sinful bodies are to the mind. Brief outline of psalm. At the judgment. It is symbolically God giving us Then again, we need one Being who shall be all-sufficient. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” But men know man too well to worship him. It was not brought home to him while engaged in the Temple services. 2. tears of sorrow vss. We shall not there be independent, of course, of constant supplies from the great central Fulness, any more than we are here. Your souls are thirsting; and you look about, here and there, and everywhere, for springs of water. 4. Every human heart may breathe it out, if it understands itself. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-42.html. The feeling, the thirst after God, may then co-exist with another feeling of the very opposite kind. And that he does ask courageously. 2. 1. thirst for god vss. on the part of the believer: to love him more, to be comfortable in his that is a widely different desire from the other that I have been speaking about. IS it heard? So we modify such words. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. If there be one thing with which you surely must be, with which I certainly am impressed, it is our own, our astonishing individuality. III. If a man is to be blessed, he must have one source to which he can go. we attain, what good things God does for us but it is God and his glory. Numbers come to church, at least on Sundays, whose minds cannot be especially devout. But I have ventured to take them in a wider sense than that. II. I. Materialism. For He is ‘the faithful Creator,’ and He remembers the conditions under which His making of us has placed us. He was not to pursue a god of pleasure or wealth or fame, nor any work of his own hands or conception of his own mind. What is this hungering and thirsting and what does it mean when it is focused It The second verse illustrates more clearly what I have already said, that David does not simply speak of the presence of God, but of the presence of God in connection with certain symbols; for he sets before himself the tabernacle, the altar, the sacrifices, and other ceremonies by which God had testified that he would be near his people; and that it behoved the faithful, in seeking to approach God, to begin by those things. 3. This He craved for personal contact. “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all sin.” Under the lashes of conscience, man cries out, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” But Christianity answers, “Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”. Alexander lost a great part of his army marching through the wilderness of the Susitans by lack of water (Curt. IV. Its culture. But the construction is either to be explained by this, that the appearing here has the nature of a verb of motion, or by this, that פני here takes the character of a particle, in presence of, for which latter exposition only Deuteronomy 31:11 occasions difficulty. I suggest that hungering and My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God. That thirst drove him to the hill-top. It bids us believe only what we can see and smell and taste and touch. II. meaning, not in heaven, as desiring the beatific vision; but in the tabernacle, where were the worship of God, and the ark, the symbol of the divine Presence, and where the Israelites appeared before him, even in Zion; see Psalm 84:7. -, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "Thou ... settest me before thy face for ever;", Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible, "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. What is meant by the thirst for God? always long to know him better. Some teachers make the matter of our You will agree with me, whatever else it may be, at least it is a clamorous cry. It is blessed thus to say, ‘My soul thirsteth for God.’ It is blessed to feel the passionate wish for more light, more grace, more peace, more wisdom, more of God. For the stilling of our own hearts, for the satisfying of our own nature, for the strengthening and joy of our being, we need to go beyond ourselves, and to fix upon something external to ourselves. It came to him when he was away from his usual scones, and when he was placed in unusual circumstances. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. And then it seems to me that this hunger and thirst for God is a It is no idle addition to the former words. “I will say unto the God of my strength, Why hast Thou forgotten me? It’s not wrong to want relief, and to pray for … We call it communion because it is "having 2. Psalm 42 – Honest Prayer from a Discouraged Saint This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. In glory in heaven. "Sermon Bible Commentary". 1-5 The psalmist looked to the Lord as his chief good, and set his heart upon him accordingly; casting anchor thus at first, he rides out the storm. a song of praise to our God.. With all thought of God gone, she could breathe freely, and find herself at home in the vast universe. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-42.html. There is a thirst of the soul to create something in its own likeness, but the first and deepest thirst is to find in what likeness it is itself created, whence all its living powers are derived, who has fixed their ends, who can direct them to their ends. Psalm 42 . Never did a soul thirst for God, cry out for God, the living God, but God sooner or later, in His own good time, filled that soul with all His fulness, flooded that soul with all the sunshine of His love. I. Roebuck and roe most likely refer to the gazelle, which is discussed later. All men, everywhere, may take this text for theirs. And the most superficial examination of the facts of daily life, as well as the questioning of our own souls, will tell us that this is the leading feature of them--a state of unrest. (F. D. Maurice, M. It is not a mere dead idol I thirst for, but the God who has life in Himself, and imparts life to His people (Psalms 42:8), "the God of my life.". God is silent. Awake our faith and desire to join them. The writer of it is shut out from the Temple of his God, from the holy soil of his native land. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 42:2". In such a verse as this we are face to face with one of those great governed contrasts that are found throughout Scripture and throughout human life. To the Chief Musician. believe us, the perfecting of your character may be got in the Lamb of God, and without Him it never can be possessed. But to whatever degree we have assurance, And, if so, are lies so medicable? 1. 397 South Church Street in our life; that all of our responsibilities, all of our successes pale Psalm 42:2. I. I THINK WE SHOULD BE WARY OF THE EXTREME FORMS OF AN ANSWER TO THE 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, Moments of moral weakness--these, too, we all have known. you hold in the matter will affect it. (Canon Knox Little. For he was made in the image of the God, who was not far from him. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-42.html. Let the sinner therefore consider that, though he may be willing to come to the sanctuary now, then it is under terrible constraint. this eager, unsatisfied humanity, what cries it for but Him! other on earth that I desire besides thee. Are we believing a lie? 2. thirsting represents longing for a greater degree of intimacy with God Oh, cynic though you be, careless though you be--nay, indifferent or hostile though you be to serious thought--tell me what need finds utterance in their voices? Psalm 41 Psalm 42 Psalm 43. II. How this Levite responded to the awakened thirst for God. truth. (5) By secret dalliance with some bosom idol, to the slighting of Christ. When can I go and stand before him? For all men upon earth, Christian or not Christian, for Christians here below, whether in times of depression or in times of gladness, and for the blessed and calm spirits that in ecstasy of longing, full of fruition, stand around God’s throne-it is equally true that their souls ‘thirst for God, for the living God.’ Only with this difference, that to some the desire is misery and death, and to some the desire is life and perfect blessedness. Father. Does one sin hold me down? There is something deeper in man than his aesthetic desire or his active practice, something deeper beneath us all than anything that finds expression, certainly than anything that finds satisfaction. him as accepted as Christ is accepted. No accumulation of dead matter can become the life of an immortal being. Often it seemed as if there were no such God, and the Israelite was met with the taunt, “Where is thy God?” He does not pretend that he is not disturbed by these taunts. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. The old expression of the … We shall not there be independent, of course, of constant supplies from the great central Fulness, any more than we are here. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. If it be true that there are, as part of the universal human experience, however overlaid and stifled, these necessities of which I have been speaking, the very existence of the necessities affords a presumption, before all evidence, that, somehow and somewhere, they shall be supplied. That of Atheism or Faith? b) Jews hated water. Is the Christian life all about peace and happiness and joy? When shall I come and appear in God's presence? Three times in these few verses, not only is the question repeated, so is the answer. 3. 1870. It was all so quiet. For what are the struggles of Christian souls except, in the midst of a world that is quite complicated with difficulties, in the midst of a world that is overwhelmed with sorrow, in the midst of a time of severe temptation, to constantly rise and gaze high above the thought of evil, and gaze towards the sun of brightness, and cry for God? If they did not expect it, did not hope for it, they would be startled and confounded by it; if they did, every step in their history, every struggle, every joy, was an education for it. Down But Not Out. My flesh and my heart (4) By formality and listlessness in the duties of religion. A nation of Atheists is yet to be discovered. 3-4 – a tearful soul . Presently we discover that body and mind are but the agents of the soul, which is the real self; and the soul’s cry is for God, the living God. You have your own, not mine, not another’s. The cup, the atonement of Christ for our sins; the bread the person You and I want to know, nearer, more precisely His nature and His character. Everything around him was suggestive of peaceful, religious meditation. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. 1. Is there in human nature a thirst for God to be compared with the thirst for knowledge or the thirst for beauty? For nothing that can occupy our thoughts can really compare with it in point of absorbing and momentous-import. But in this divine region the principle of the giving is this-to desire is to have; to long for is to possess. A. Maclaren, Sermons Preached in Manchester, 1863, p. 135. Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture. Such an extreme position may be held by very earnest Christians isolated Julius Caesar? Macnaughton, Real Religion and Real Life, p. 13; T. G. Rose, Christian World Pulpit, vol. "E.W. Read the Scripture: Psalm 42-43 The book of Psalms falls into five different divisions, five books. Open a book like St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” or “The Imitation of Christ,” and on every page you will find it. I. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. q. d. when at length, O si rumpatur mora, etc., even the short period of separation from such a God, extending, in his apprehension, to eternity. An earnest longing after divine ordinances. "Commentary on Psalms 42:2". A startling figure! And they do give a thousand indications everywhere, that they cannot be contented with dead gods, or with any religious notions and forms which try to put themselves in the place of a living God. Does virtue, indeed, owe all her choicest comeliness to the arctic darkness of a lie? We all sufficiently know what is meant by “the soul.” What, then, are its necessities? the corresponding phrase, "The God of my life," in Psalms 42:8, rich in salvation for his people. But psalm is deeper. Let me put two sayings of Scripture side by side, “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God”--“Father Abraham, send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue.” There be two thirsts, one, the longing for God, which, satisfied, is heaven; one, the longing for cessation of the self-lit fires, and for one drop of the lost delights of earth to cool the thirsty throat, which, unsatisfied, is hell. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on Psalms 42:2". that the experience is ineffable, unable to be described or even understood. But where the minister is in union with his congregation, and the members feel that they have relations with each other; it is then that David’s harp gives out its music, and we in this distant land and age can accompany it. It always urges a man to seek loneliness, privacy, the silences of nature. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Are you cultivating your religious faculty, or are you neglecting it, and allowing it to atrophy? May we never be missing there. Sermon Outline. Wherever in a heart that really believes on God in Christ, there is a thirst that amounts to pain, and that has with it a sense of non-possession, that is not because Christ’s fulness has become shrunken; that is not because there is a change in God’s law, that the measure of the desire is the measure of the reception; but it is only because, for some reason or other that belongs to the man alone, the desire is not deep, genuine, simple, but is troubled and darkened. This whole psalm reads like the sob of a wounded heart. 5. iii., p. 129. 2. Sermon Psalms 42 & 43 Beyond Despair. A living man must have a living God, or his soul will perish in the midst of earthly plenty, and will thirst and die whilst the water of earthly delights is running all around him. 1832. And it is an assurance to us by God that he accepts us and gives Athens, Georgia 30605 USA Your souls are thirsting for God. Separation from God’s Presence (Ps 42:3-4) Isolated from being able to worship in the temple of God; There are situations in life … And Christians have found it so. Turn there and look at some of the elements of encouragement. To be sure that God lived, in the sense of being active, interested, really concerned in his concerns. That is joy, that is peace! They must take notice of God then, though they do not now. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. formulations about God your prayer should be "(42: 1-2a"). It was the fresh, living stream. "(2) By returning to their openly profane courses (2 Peter 2:20-22). But whenever they come they are always associated with God. When shall I come and appear before God's face? I thirst for you, the living God (Psalm 42:1-2 TEV). ‘my soul thirsteth for God, for the living God.’ Yes, hearts want hearts. it is more subtle but still progressing. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. Is your soul athirst for the Highest? One may see in one aspect, that just as the Christian life here on earth is in a very true sense a state of never thirsting any more, because we have Christ, and yet in another sense is a state of continual longing and desire-so the Christian and glorified life in heaven, in one view of it, is the removal of all that thirst which marked the condition of man upon earth, and in another is the perfecting of all those aspirations and desires. At It is not unbelief! And time after time this same sacrament Men like Homer and Dante in secular literature, men like the psalmists in the Bible, take a single image, choose a forcible metaphor, and by their use of these, teach some bold scheme of human life and character, or unveil some hidden fact of human destiny. See the curiosity of the child, so keen, so active, so simple, that you and I, in the enervating languor of later life, might well wish we had it back again. "Commentary on Psalms 42:2". ", University Church Meets At: 5. What is called before the Lord, 1 Chronicles 13:10, is before or with the ark, 2 Samuel 6:7. Psalm 42: 1-5 Thirsting and Hungering for God July 2, 2000. The gods of the heathen were dead gods. b) Depression is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. The Psalmist goes on, "Even for the living God." And what is the mission of the Christian Church? is spiritual, and so is verifiable only by spiritual means. It does not satisfy. Dr. David E. Leininger “Why are you downcast, O my soul? To each, every truth of the Christian creed has its own abiding import thence. 2. It is our privilege, beyond the privilege of the Psalmist, to know in the Gospel, to know in the Church, Christ, God expressed in humanity. That gift is the mystery of life, and it makes the little lad whom you and I met wandering half-clothed and ill-fed and uncared-for an object of more arresting interest than the savage mystery of the wild Atlantic. the particular moment. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". Our answer is that whatever difficulties may lie on the Theistic side, those on the Atheistic are immeasurably greater. The converse of Christ’s saying is equally true; He said, ‘God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit’; man has a spirit, and man must have Spirit to worship, to lean upon, to live by, or all will be inefficient and unsatisfactory. Rose. At some times the progress is more obvious on the outside. III. There are moments of trial and calamity. We grow in this grace under the tutelage of his church and Is, then, that which does preserve her and make her such a blessing due to some strange delusion only? the Lord and you should have a strong sense of his grace in your life. II. No man carries within him the fountain from which he can draw. Return to the Main Player. The writer is probably an exile of the early Assyrian period. When the Psalmist says, "My soul is athirst," he certainly describes no rare or peculiar state of feeling. Surely the enigma of our being, of the world, of that which is around us, in us, so beautiful, so strange, so startling, yet so real; surely the meaning of this extraordinary, this self-contradictory life--the explanation of this changing scene. II. One can see him sitting solitary yonder in the lonely wilderness {for the geographical details that occur in one part of the psalm point to his situation as being on the other side of the Jordan, in the mountains of Moab}-can see him sitting there with long wistful gaze yearning across the narrow valley and the rushing stream that lay between him and the land of God’s chosen people, and his eye resting perhaps on the mountaintop that looked down upon Jerusalem. His God is not a phantom, which, itself dead, is also incapable of imparting life; he is the living, and consequently the life giving; comp. It is significant that the communion is a symbolic eating on the When shall I come and appear before God? There are many things given; there are many attractions to draw: they will stimulate; they will help; they will console; they will give pleasure: there is one thing that satisfies the immortal; there is one life that meets your need. 3. There is, first, an expression or declaration of anguish in which the psalmist, in a manner of speaking, lets himself go (42:1-3; 42:6-7; 43:1-2). Principles, ‘causes,’ emotions springing from truth, these are not enough. All he can do is to ask that if He is, He will reveal Himself. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. 3. It is the age of Pessimism, and men are asking, “Is life worth living?” But who are they who ask? Or it may be duty distresses us. John Trapp Complete Commentary. It is true that you may have many trials and temptations to encounter; many perplexities and sorrows may be spread in your path; but be not dismayed, for the love of Christ, if you have ever felt that love shed abroad in your heart, will bear you more than conqueror through them all. We need not suppose that he believed all the rest of the world to be profane and God-forsaken, except only the Temple. May you find satisfaction and All men, everywhere, may take this text for theirs. And we may ask, What is virtue when it is not fed from this root? "Commentary on Psalms 42:2". And O my friend! 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. To little purpose we go to church, or attend on ordinances, if we seek not, if we see not God there. Note: This sermon is the third in a series you can continue through Advent. No one ever desired the grace of God, really and truly desired it; but just in proportion as he desired it, he got it-just in proportion as he thirsted, he was satisfied. At such times have we not been saved by trust in Him who is “a very present help in trouble”? App-4. of he Son of God our dear Savior by whom God reconciled us to himself. Another form of the mystical understanding is an insistence When shall I come and appear before God? people of every age going from the time of these Psalms even up to our II. There is in every man an unconscious and unsatisfied longing after God, and that is the state of nature. Why is it that, in spite of all our reasoning, we still persist in clothing those early days of earliest childhood with a life which is not all their own? It is often an intellectual thirst, a thirst for an explanation of the tangle and mystery of existence. 3. trials through daily living vss. When shall I come and appear before God? We shall not then be independent, of course, of constant supplies from the great central fulness, any more than we are here. appear before God = see the face of God. J. Knox-Little, Anglican Pulpit of To-Day, p. 267 (see also Manchester Sermons, p. 193). Now he is one of a mixed assembly, then all will be holy. Christian lives. (Canon Liddon.). Now, some background, Psalm 42 and 43 are by most scholars considered to be ONE Psalm. Not only in Christ is there the perfect supply of all these necessities, but also the fulness becomes ours on the simple condition of desiring it. Or, as Absalom 2 Samuel 14:32, "It is to little purpose I am come to Jerusalem if I may not see the King's face." 6. thirst after God, it is not a boast that it is indeed true absolute and A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. Oh! But according to what has been remarked, the opening of the approach into the sanctuary is to be regarded as the actual manifestation of God's restored favour, and so the question: when shall I appear before the face of God, incloses in itself also this: when shall I behold the countenance of God? It is a symbol of our acceptance into his presence as my second point We are all acquainted with some physical sensations of that intensity. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. when shall I come and appear before God? My brother! in terms of this overriding truth and are real but are subordinate to this Pantheism also, because if God be in everything He is in human crimes as well as in human virtues. I know this much, that every heart here now answers an ‘Amen’ {if it will be honest} to what I have been saying. When the road seems like it will never end, let us take these words from Psalm 42 to heart. 2. back on the Lord, it is unlikely that you had much assurance. 1909-1922. Experience is the test of that principle. A gracious soul can take little satisfaction in God's courts, if it do not meet with God himself there. The cessation from toil, the preaching of the Gospel, the atmosphere of peace, the influence of united worship, tend to call the religious nature out, encouraging it to revel in its native element. He did not thirst after vain, useless idols, but after the only true and living God, who was. II. 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