A Song of Encouragement

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Psalm 42

Chapter Summary

A Song of Encouragement

The first 41 psalms have mostly been songs of David. Now we enter a new section of the psalms, with this one which was written by some of the musicians that were sons of Korah. This is in itself a great encouragement. These people’s ancestor led a revolt against God and Moses. Yet they are choosing to be faithful, and in fact were an important branch of the musicians for God’s temple. What can you learn from this psalm?

Day 168

Lord, even if my own family members may not be faithful, or may be outright rebellious against You, I choose to be Your child, and to be faithful.

Today's Study Verses

Psalm 42:5

Psalm 42


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 day time, 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?

10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

11 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.