Psalm 42 Outline
– The psalmist thirst for God, like the deer pants for the water (Psalm 42:1-4)
– The psalmist felt depressed but he continue to put his hope in God (Psalm 42:5-7)
– God guide the psalmist with love in the day and put a song in him at night (Psalm 42:8)
– The psalmist ask God why he is still facing problem (Psalm 42:9-10)
– The psalmist continue to trust in God and look forward to God answering his prayer (Psalm 42:11)
Psalm 42 Summary
In Psalm 42:1-4, the psalmist thirst for God, like the deer pants for the water in the streams. He has been crying day and night, praying to God to help him in the difficulty he is facing. He longed for the days he led the procession to the house of God with shouts of joy and thanksgiving.
In Psalm 42:5-7, the psalmist felt depressed about his circumstance. He ask himself why he is so downcast and disturbed. He encouraged himself to put his hope in God, for he will continue to praise God, his savior and God.
In Psalm 42:8, the psalmist said God guide him with his love in the day. At night, God put a song in him, which becomes a prayer to God.
In Psalm 42:9-10, the psalmist ask God, his Rock, why he has forgotten him and not answer his prayer after he mourn and pray so much.
In Psalm 42:11, the psalmist ask himself once again why he is so downcast and disturbed. Then, he encouraged himself to put his hope in God and continue to praise him because he believe God will hear and answer his prayer one day.
Psalm 42 Bible Study
1. Trust in God and rely on him
The psalmist felt frustrated because he still didn’t see his circumstance turn around. Yet, he continue to trust in God, believing that God will see him through the problem one day. It is important to be patient and persistent in prayer. Often, we give up after praying for some time. If things don’t happen, you should keep on praying until you get what you ask for in prayer. In Proverbs 3:5-6, trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. In 1 Peter 5:7, casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. In Romans 15:13, now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. In 1 Corinthians 13:6-7, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. In John 14:1, let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In Isaiah 26:4, Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.