Why Do You Despair (reprise)

“Why do you despair, my soul? And why do you groan? In regards to me you must hope in God, Because again I will confess him— Salvation is before me by my God.” (Psalm 42:12 [verse 11 in English translations])   Once again we find the psalmist echoing the words of his soul’s despair. The… Read More

God, My Rock

“I shall say to God, my Rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me?’ Why do I go about darkened with respect to the torment of the enemy?” (Psalm 42:10 [Psalm 42:9 in English translations])   The term “rock” is one that is often attributed to God. Why is that? Is God cold and unmoving? No, of… Read More

Yahweh Continually Commands His Chesed and His Song is With Me

“By day Yahweh continually commands his chesed And at night, his song is with me— A prayer of supplication to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:9 [verse 8 in English translations])   How deep it is that this verse is when we come to terms with its language and sentiment. To begin with, do… Read More

Why Do You Despair, Oh My Soul?

“Why do you despair, my soul, and groan? In Regards to me, you must hope on God, for again I will confess him— Salvation is before him.” (Psalm 42:6 [verse 5 in English translations])   What is your attitude when things start going bad and our plans fall apart? Is your first response to groan… Read More

The House of God

“These things I remember And I shall pour out my soul before me; For I pass over and into a refuge and walk slowly as far as the house of God. In a great voice and with thanksgiving The multitude celebrates.” (Psalm 42:5 [verse 4 in English translations])   The “these things” refers back to… Read More

A Maskil of the Sons of Korah

“To the Director: A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.” (Psalm 42:1 [superscript in English translations])   Psalm 42 begins what we typically refer to as the second book of Psalms. The psalm that precedes this one ends with the great refrain: “Blessed is Yahweh, the God of Israel— From eternity unto eternity, Amen and… Read More