Psalm 42: Fellowship with God

How can we best describe our thirst for God? What can we do to quench that thirst?

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Psalm 42:1–2 To the minister of music, a song for Korah’s people.
As the deer pants for the stream to quench its thirst, my whole being longs for fellowship with you, God. From deep within, I thirst for you, the living God. When can I meet you face-to-face?
King James
Psalm 42:1–2 <To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.> 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?

What reasons do people have for not eating? Why might that strengthen, or weaken, our relationship with God?

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Psalm 42:3 Day and night, I’ve had nothing to eat but my tears as people kept saying, “Where is God when you need him?”
King James
Psalm 42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

In what ways can we benefit from corporate praise to God?

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Psalm 42:4–5 I recall my passion for the Lord in those days at the Tabernacle, when I rejoiced and sang praises with the multitude during the festivals. I say to myself, Why am I discouraged? Why am I so upset? My hope for help is in God, so I praise him, my deliverer.
Hebrews 10:24–25 Look for ways to motivate people to do acts of kindness, always showing love. Don’t be like some who fail to regularly meet together. Encourage one another more and more as the day of the Lord’s return approaches.
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Psalm 42:4–5 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.
Hebrews 10:24–25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

How can praising God give us hope?

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Psalm 42:5 I say to myself, Why am I discouraged? Why am I so upset? My hope for help is in God, so I praise him, my deliverer.
King James
Psalm 42:5 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.

What can we do and where can we go to strengthen our walk with the Lord?

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Psalm 42:6 When I am discouraged, Lord, I remember you from my walk with you, from the Jordan River valley to the heights of Mount Hermon and Mound Mizar.
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Psalm 42:6 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.

How can our surroundings support our relationship with God?

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Psalm 42:7–8 Deep waters roar as they rush over the falls, the waves crashing over me. But the Lord’s lovingkindness rules the day, and his song is with me through the night, a prayer to the God of my life.
Romans 1:20 They have no excuse for not believing and doing the good they know to do, since the power and nature of our invisible God can be clearly observed in his creation.
King James
Psalm 42:7–8 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Why might we think God has ignored our suffering?

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Psalm 42:9 I say to God, my security and protection, “Have you ignored my suffering from the oppression of my enemies?
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Psalm 42:9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Why should we be bothered by what others say?

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Psalm 42:10 The reproach of my enemies is like a sword cutting to the bone as they say, “Where is your God now?”
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Psalm 42:10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

If God hasn’t delivered us, why shouldn’t we be discouraged and upset?

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Psalm 42:11 Why am I discouraged? Why am I so upset? My hope for help is in you, so I praise you, my deliverer and my God.
King James
Psalm 42:11 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.

What reason do we have to praise God when he has not delivered us?

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Psalm 42:11 Why am I discouraged? Why am I so upset? My hope for help is in you, so I praise you, my deliverer and my God.
King James
Psalm 42:11 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.