Author: The sons of Korah, who were temple musicians and assistants.
Psalms 42-49 were written by the sons of Korah who was a Levite, that led a rebellion against Moses (Numbers 16:1-35). He was killed, but his descendants remained faithful to God and continued to be choir leaders for hundreds of years (2 Chronicles 20:18, 19).
Verse 1 – As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.
Verse 2 – My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Just as man and beast cannot survive without water, our very existence needs our heavenly Father. We can watch others lives who are without dependence on our creator and we see a huge difference. Why would anyone want to go through life without the “One” who gave it “all” for us to have an abundant life?
Verse 3 – My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God”?
Verse 4 – When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitudes; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
For some reason it sounds like the psalmist is far away from the place of worship.
When some people leave one house of God for another, there can be a longing. We all have been there at one time or another. We might have moved to another location or for whatever reason, we have to find another church.
Now a days we have so many choices of where we can go, but keep in mind, God has a place for every believer to fit into that particular body of believers. Some just stop looking, others keep searching because there is a longing we can’t explain, to join with others to praise our God.
The psalmist for some reason couldn’t be in that one place, where the festivals were held and it felt like his soul was in torment.
Verse 5 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of my countenance.
It may be the psalmist is in a deep depression. One great antidote for depression though is to meditate on God’s Word. In doing this it will remind us of God’s goodness and His ability to deliver us. We are to encourage ourselves daily on what God has said and what He will do on our behalf.This will take our minds off the situation and cause us to remember what He did for others, He will do for us.
Verse 6 – O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember You from the land of Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar.
Verse 7 – Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me.
Verse 8 – The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me – a prayer to the God of my life.
Verse 9 – I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
Verse 10 – As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Has a non believer ever asked you, “Where is your God?” Every believer and non believer goes through tough times. I had a non believer ask me one time, “Why won’t the God you believe in, help you?” Sometimes others will not understand that what God is allowing us to go through is making us stronger and preparing us for what is coming next.
If we don’t transform in our thinking of how we see things on the inside first, we won’t be spiritually mature for what comes at us from the outside.
It may look like God is not concerned about your situation, but He is right there, guiding every step you take. Don’t forget; His ways of doing things are far above what we could ever imagine.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I have toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Verse 11 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.