by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Psalm 42

In Psalm 42 we see the wide gulf that separates the
people of God from people who are not God's. This is a
great Psalm. It has many facets to it, like a
beautiful diamond. As we read it today, I trust that
we will get from it some truths that will be a help to
us on life's journey.

The Psalmist cries, "As the heart panteth after the
waterbrooks, so panteth my soul after Tree, 0 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 the multitude that
kept holyday. Why art thou cast down, 0 my soul? And
why are thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God, for I
shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.
0 my God, my soul is cast down within me. Therefore,
will I remember Thee from the land of Jordan, and from
the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep calleth unto
deep at the noise of the waterspouts: all thy waves
and Thy billows are gone over me. Yet the Lord will
command His loving kindness 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, 0 my
soul, and why are thou disquieted within me? Hope thou
in God. For I shall yet praise Him who is the health
of my countenance and my God."

A tremendous Psalm! Notice the divisions we have here.
The two divisions of mankind are clearly found in this
Psalm. They were back there in the day of the
Psalmist, and they are h ...

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