Psalm 42

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.

1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”

4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

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 His countenance.

6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar.

7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me.

8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me–A prayer to the God of my life.

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?”

10 As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

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.

 

“Where is your God?” is a question that is asked not once, but twice in this psalm.  It reminds me of the scene from the movie Forrest Gump.  For the uncultured I will set the background.  The title character is trying his hand as a shrimp boat captain with his former commanding officer from Viet Nam (Lieutenant Dan) serving as his partner and first mate.  They are failing miserably, hardly catching anything, all the while Forrest Gump is faithfully going to church every Sunday to pray for God’s help to bring in more shrimp.  This goes on for weeks, apparently to no avail, when out of disgust and frustration, Lt. Dan says “So where’s this God of yours?”  And the film’s narraration responds, “Right about then, He showed up”.  There is a crack of thunder in the distance that signals the coming of possibly the worst hurricane to hit this small fishing town ever.  The storm sinks every other boat, leaving only Forrest’s, and being literally the only boat out there, they start bringing shrimp in by the ton.  What is the moral of the story?  Well that would be the other item appearing twice in this psalm, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God”  Put your hope in God and seek Him as desperately as a deer looking for a drink of water on a hot summer day.  Even when you don’t immediately see Him, He could be just about to show up.

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