HOPE IN GOD (PSALMS 42)
There are five books in the Wisdom Books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes.
Job teaches us how to live triumphantly ¡V his physical being;
Psalms teach us how to live thankfully ¡V his spiritual being;
Proverbs teach us how to live truthfully ¡V his social life;
Ecclesiastes teach us how to live thoughtfully ¡V his intellectual capacity;
Song of Songs teach us how to live tenderly ¡V his emotional needs. (Victor Yap quote)
Psalms 42-72 is also titled as Book II, one of 11 songs attributed to or associated with the sons of Korah. In David¡¦s time, he requested the chief of the Levites to appoint from among them singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals to raise sounds of joy. The Levites duly appointed three leaders: Heman, Asaph and Ethan(1 Chron 15:16-17), and The leading singer Heman¡¦s genealogy can be traced to the son of Koran (1 Chron 6:33, 37).
What kind of relationship do you have with the Lord? Where do you go when your resources are depleted and your reservoir is dry? What is the cause of physical, emotional and spiritual wasteland and waterlessness, what are the consequences and what is the cure?
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1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, ¡§Where is your God?¡¨ 4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. (Psalm 42:1-4)
What animals pant and which ones sweat, and how can you tell the difference? Best Answer: Horses, cattle, sheep, goats and many more I'm sure sweat. Pigs, rabbits, rodents, cats and man¡¦s best friend dogs (many others also) do not sweat. Dogs have fur that they can¡¦t take off after running around, so they look for something to drink.
My wife in her weakened state of cancer gave me a perfect understanding of the verb ¡§pant.¡¨ When she gasped, gulped and gaped to breathe in deep air, her veins are thick, her collarbone juts out, and her neck is a sunken hole.
Psalms 42 begins what we call Book 2 of Psalms. Why is it called so?
The deer (v 1), making its debut in the Bible, is also translated as ¡§young hart¡¨ (Song 2:9, 17), so we are talking about an active, animated and agile deer drinking greedily to their delight. The verb ¡§pants¡¨ appear for the first time in the Bible, occurring one more time elsewhere as ¡§cry¡¨ (Joel 1:20). In that instance the same verb describes the beasts of the field that cry to God because the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness (Joel 1:20).
How do dogs pant? With tongue hanging, heart thumping and mouth gaping. The English dictionary for ¡§pant¡¨ includes breathing short, hard and fast from exertion, exhaustion or excitement, sometimes even loudly. It is a craving, longing, hunger, thirst, or desire for something. It is a requirement, a requisite, a respite, a relief and a rest. A deer
is capable of running at speeds up to 35 mph for several miles and leaping obstacles 8.5 feet in height and covering as much as 30 feet in a single leap.
To the fleeing and flying deer, no water means no habitat, no haven, no home and no hope, especially when they are followed, fearful or fatigued.
The English version for ¡§water¡¨ and ¡§streams¡¨ (v 1) are mild and moderate in contrast to its Hebrew counterpart. Water is plural, not singular, in Hebrew. Streams is mild in contrast to elsewhere translated as channels (2 Sam 22:16), mighty (Job 12:21), strong pieces (Job 40:18) and rivers (Song 5:12). It is surplus, strong and swift, not slow, steady and short.
The noun ¡§soul¡¨ (v 1) is mentioned six times in the chapter (vv 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 11), and more critically, each time is accompanied by the personal pronoun ¡§my.¡¨ The translation ¡§my soul¡¨ (v 2) occurs less than ten times in the Bible before the book of Psalms but more than 100 times in Psalms. The soul is a man¡¦s relationship with His Creator, including a person¡¦s basic, barest and bottommost self, not his blood, brain or behavior but his being, breath and beginning. Man¡¦s soul is different from other moving and living creatures or soul (Gen 1:20) in that God breathed to activate the soul (Gen 2:7). The personal pronoun ¡§my¡¨ underlines David¡¦s dependence, deliverance and devotion to the Source and Supply of the soul. Our soul calls for God (v 2), connects with Him and chases after Him. We are different from animals who are creatures but not children of God, whose soul pleads for God, pursues after Him and persist in God.