2) Christians can get depressed. David says, "My enemies taunt me with this, and it is like a deadly wound in my body, like a dagger in the heart." When the service ended I did go over to see him. He says, My soul is cast down within me, therefore I remember thee from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. She turned around, went out the door, and went home. Ed went in, and the Dean said, "How much was it that I said you owed the school?" "(2) By returning to their openly profane courses (2 Peter 2:20-22). A Practical Exposition of the Forty- second Psalm, in ten Sermons, in Choice and Practical Expositions on four select Psalms. It did not hurt her that she was a little late; it was just that she thought we had all forgotten her. You tell me that if you haven't received this money you will have to drop out of school. 1) The psalm writer is honest with God about his feelings. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God. "They say daily unto me, Where is thy God?" "Very." But two weeks later she wrote to him, "Ed, I want to know this kind of a God." 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. I will be in Los Angeles this next weekend. 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. Why the unease within me? Sabbaths at Home: or, a help to their right improvement; founded on the Forty-second and Forty-third Psalms. One of the amazing things about nature is the silent voices that call to one another across vast spaces. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Now, some background, Psalm 42 and 43 are by most scholars considered to be ONE Psalm. (To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.) At the time when this psalm was penned, its writer was unable to attend the house of God. Spiritual Depression in the Psalms. If we live by Him we should surely live for Him. He whose face is as yet concealed will soon be revealed. Some people have a habit of remembering only the bad things. He is looking back and remembering the time when God had so remarkably delivered him that his soul was filled with exultation and joy. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. "Was she not too ill to speak to you? I. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 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. The Psalmist cries out now in desperation, Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from deceitful and unjust men deliver me! But there will also be times when God apparently does nothing. The evil one will take advantage of our moments of distress to insinuate racking doubts. (1) By unsteadiness in their walk. ", 10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, "Where is your God?". How common that is. There are deep ties that are never broken between God and man, the believer and his God. He longs to come into a relationship of freshness and revitalizing fellowship that will mean his soul thirst will be quenched. God has supplied, and given me not only the sixty dollars but forty dollars in addition." He prayed about it, asked God again to supply, but the day came on which he had to take the exams and there was no money. 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. (Psalms 43:2 RSV), This time his question reveals he has reached the place of despair. Through a remarkable experience, where God put him in a lonely lumber camp with a Christian boy, he came to know the Lord Jesus Christ. I had just begun my work at Peninsula Bible Church when there came to me a young man who was having severe marital problems. WORKS WRITTEN ABOUT THE FORTY-SECOND PSALM IN SPURGEON'S DAY. In the awakened soul, when the first throbbings of the renewed life are felt, the desire after God becomes intelligent, clear, and strong; the soul craves its God, in whom alone it can find light, pardon, friendship, power, to the full extent of its longings. Return to the Main Player. 1. Twice a day the waters rise in tides across the earth, because of the moon calling to the ocean. Once these were probably one Psalm but they were divided somehow into two, although they clearly belong together. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, … Far better to hear a man who prays as if he had something to pray for, than one who prays as if he must pray for something. The Dean said, "Well, it's strange. But I can usually trace these miserable seasons to some personal cause, and the first thing to do is to attend to that cause and get it into the sunshine again. 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). It is cast down, and yet chides itself for being cast down. Then we reach the third phase of his experience. He says, "If you will do that, God, then my heart will be filled with joy and with gladness, and I will praise you with the harp; for you, O God, are my God, my personal God." The saint may be "perplexed, yet not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed" Here is a fine group of words for a man to take upon his lips: "Jehovah;" "loving-kindness in the daytime;" "in the night, a song;" "the God of my life." 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. I called the police, and made arrangements, and then went home. (2) It has dismal effects, provoking God to take away His bread from men. This lad gave Ed a New Testament, and, through the reading of that New Testament, Ed Murphy's soul was captured for Christ. Then all is not lost. Finally, that night, fearing that I would lie sleepless all night long, my wife and I together took our Bibles and began to read. Water the key theme in the Psalm. Down But Not Out. Isaiah. If all these words are true, take heart. Why have you rejected me? Maskil is the Hebrew word for teaching. John Piper Apr 21, 2007 0 Shares Sermon. A chapter by chapter and verse by verse study of Psalms taught by Pastor Paul LeBoutillier of Calvary Chapel Ontario, Oregon. 1, 6, 9.) There are other mornings when we only manage to pry open our eyelids, sit dejectedly on the side of the bed and say, "Good God, it's morning.". IV. This may arise from bodily weakness, from overwhelming sorrows, or from mental and spiritual gloom. This yearning after God shows itself in what is best in the several religions of the world. Discover biblical answers to the question of spiritual depression in the sermons below. (Psalms 42:9-10 RSV), He is still deeply troubled. They are almost that haphazard. 3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? Before he took his final exam, it was required that he pay this money. We know not who these were that could be so intensely cruel to the psalmist when they witnessed his woe. If you have the first five books of the Bible clearly in mind as to their message you will know the repeated theme which God emphasizes over and over again throughout the Bible. Deep calls to deep at the thunder of thy cataracts; all thy waves and thy billows have gone over me. By no means. the loving relations between God and the saint are not for a moment disturbed. He is working out his purposes and if you hang on you will yet praise him. It tells of God calling Israel out of Egypt, redeeming them by the blood of the Passover lamb. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. Sometimes the idea would find its way into one of his sermons. Scripture: Psalm 42. 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. II. ◄ Psalm 42:5 ► Why are you downcast, O my soul? You've helped me in other matters in the past, and I just wondered if, perhaps, you might relent and help me again. Use mind as well as feelings. ", But here the Psalmist is showing us that memory can be an important aid by remembering the positive experiences of God's blessing. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. FOR THE WHOLE OF THIS MOANING CRY IS ONE CONTINUOUS PRAYER. The moon calls to the deeps in the sea, raising the tides. I lack sixty dollars of my school expenses, but I have to pay it before I take my final exam. Note: Even so, it is far better to have the heart to go and not he able, than to be able to go and not have the heart for it. It is the story, in other words, of the work of God on behalf of man. And even if the strength is so feeble that the tongue cannot cry, "Father I" yet the heart will We were once visiting a dear friend in sickness. The experience which this psalm reflects was unquestionably David's, but it was put to music by the Korah Family Singers, and dedicated to the Chief Musician, or the Royal Choirmaster. It tells of God calling Israel out of Egypt, redeeming them by the blood of the Passover lamb. Though not every sentence is in orderly petition, yet the outgoing of the soul in this psalm is one prayer from beginning to end. As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, "Where is your God?" As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God. 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. I told him that as soon as the church service was over I would come to see him. It was very thrilling. (Psalms 43:1 RSV). 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?". 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. (Vers. Some time afterward he determined to obey God's call to go to a mission field, and he enrolled in Biola University. 2. In the midst of death, disaster, pain, misery, despair, where are you, God? Stand upon his word. Some scholars feel that the occasion which is reflected in this psalm was when David was excluded from the temple at the time of Absalom's rebellion. 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. 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. (9) By habitual neglect of the duties of practical godliness (Galatians 2:20). I believe this Psalm teaches us how we can learn and teach ourselves to use the parachute of God’s word in our down days. IT IS A VERY GRIEVOUS THING THAT THEY WHO EAT OF THE LORD'S SACRAMENTAL BREAD SHOULD LIFT UP THEIR HEEL AGAINST HIM. Psalms 4, 42, 51, 63. There are vast distances that call to the deeps in wild birds, causing them to wing their way across trackless wastes to lay their eggs; there are voices that call to certain fish, sending them across the seas to spawn. "Why have you abandoned me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. I'll pay you back this summer. He looked back to the time when he used to accompany the throng and to lead them in procession to the sanctuary. Psalms 4, 42, 51, 63. They just go along making everybody around them miserable because they are passing through times of depression. II. 1) He cannot go now, but he gets strength from remembering. ", These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. There I found him lying in a spreading pool of blood, dead by his own hand. This Psalm is intended to teach something to us. Think back to what God has done for you in the past. 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. (Psalms 42:3 RSV), That is, "I cannot sleep or eat because of my sorrow, my longing for God. But such numbness of feeling is not to be confounded with satisfaction. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. And(3) when the good things God gives are wasted on our lusts to satisfy their cravings. For nots: Those who have gone down to the lowest depths in suffering and humiliation will be led up to the noblest heights of glad ness and of honour. His mother did not say a word. Yes" "Did you love her less because she couldn't speak to you?" He cries out, For thou art the God in whom I take refuge; why hast thou cast me off? IT IS A GRIEVOUS THING THAT THEY WHO EAT OF THE LORD'S COMMON DREAD SHOULD LIFT UP THEIR HEEL AGAINST HIM. 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"). (Vers. This outline is intended for your personal, non-commercial use. The two usual means for dispelling depression have not helped him this time. He is still despondent. The rest of that day I was shaken, unnerved, and did not know what to do. VI. 3 Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. It is a teaching psalm designed for that very purpose. "That was the day the garage caught on fire." One Sunday morning he called me up just before church and asked me over the phone for help and prayer. 4. (5) By secret dalliance with some bosom idol, to the slighting of Christ. (1) It is monstrous ingratitude. These are the mornings that are in view here. I've taken refuge in you, God, and yet you do nothing, absolutely nothing. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 42 Sermons. AT TIMES OF SORE DEPRESSION, THE BELIEVER LONGS FOR THE JOYS OF BYGONE DAYS. I talked with others, tried to keep busy, but nothing worked. I was upset, and did not know whether I wanted to continue in the ministry; it seemed so senseless and useless. But he was not alone in his experience, though in detail the form of it with us may vary. FROM A RIFT IN THE BLACK CLOUD THERE IS A GLEAM OF SUNSHINE. (Psalms 42:4 RSV). Note —. Don't have an account? 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. Psalm 42 – Honest Prayer from a Discouraged Saint. It is our purpose in this present series to study the introductory psalm to each of these books. (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). He was left with a boy about five years of age. I counseled with him and we prayed together. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. She said, "But you can't go back to school." The truth is God's word; the light is your understanding of it. 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. And however broken the prayer may be, it is real, it is intense, it is wrung out of the necessities of a living soul. 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.". The chorus finishes with this line, “You alone are my heart’s desire and I … I only know I owe the sixty dollars." Folio. V. AT THE DARKEST MOMENT, THERE IS REASONING WITHIN REASONING. (1 Ki. 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. 42:4. This is the common, usual experience of most Christians. A maskil of the Sons of Korah. 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. His mother was particularly opposed to it, and told him that if he went he was never to come home again. 9 I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? 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. Spiritually he was on cloud nine. 42:9. In Psalm 42 it is "thirsting for God," but in some of the other passages "hungering". (Ver. The college population that day was like 5 people, the senior citizen population was plentiful. In that time of deep, dark despair and frustration, the reading of the word healed my heart. On that occasion he could hear the waterfalls of that mountainous region, the thundering cataracts. A. THE ENEMY OFTEN TAKES ADVANTAGE OF OUR TIMES OF SPECIAL WEAKNESS. Some, indeed, may have suppressed the craving till it ceases to be felt. Just as you were going down the hall I was reading this slip with your name on it which says you have forty dollars to your credit." He is determined to remember how God has helped him in the past. But, for all that, he is a shrivelling, starving man. Our God never did, never will, never can, desert the soul that leans on him. There are at least three reasons why we can assume psalms 42 and 43 were originally joined together. Yea, mine own familiar friend in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Everything is dated from these unhappy circumstances. A maskil of the Sons of Korah. Yes, hope in God, for he is working out his purposes. 9.) 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. a) Hard to pray. We are bidden "walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. MY DISTRESS – Vss. 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. 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? For permission to use this content, please review The eclipse will soon be over. Page 1 of 2. So he reminds himself in the refrain, Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Scripture: Psalm 42. Put your hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the salvation of His presence. Why have you cast me off? I wanted nothing to do with you as long as you continued in the Protestant faith. ONLY THE LIVING GOD CAN SATISFY THE CRAVINGS OF HUMAN SPIRITS. That is the feeling expressed here, and what a terrible feeling it is. (7) By the heart losing the esteem it once had for Christ. Men have betrayed him, mistreated him; it is a gross injustice. SERMON TITLE: How to Get Up When You’re Down SERMON REFERENCE: Psalm 42:5-11 LWF SERMON NUMBER: #2428 We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this outline produced from a sermon preached by Adrian Rogers while serving as pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. 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 … Late in David's reign Absalom took over the kingdom temporarily and David was driven into exile outside Jerusalem. But now he realizes, at last, the way out. 4 Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. 1 Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from deceitful and wicked men. Psalm 42 1 Psalm 42 For the director of music. It was probably on this occasion that he wrote this psalm. He has reached the place in his experience where he knows only God can meet his need. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? By day the Lord commands his steadfast love; and at night his song is within me, a prayer to the God of my life. This corresponds with the book of Exodus, the story of redemption. It was a shock, a most terrible shock. My little seven year old daughter, Laurie, was in children's church, and I thought she was with her mother. But, as often happens, there came a time of testing of his faith, and he was plunged into despair. STILL, THE CHILDLIKE HEART MUST CRY OUT, "GOD!" But he wants God, for all that! Let our earthly sorrows now be what they may -. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. It lays the foundations of life, and that is also what we have in the first book of Psalms. And in more private ways: 2. The words of Augustine are well known, declaring that our hearts want rest, and cannot find it till it is found in God. Does that seem contradictory to you? This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. Whenever he is discouraged he has learned to look back to the time when God dealt with him in this remarkable way. Apart from … Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. (Vers. 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