- Webster's Bible As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants after you, God. Ps 42:1-11. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Which is more than hungering; hunger you can palliate, but thirst is awful, insatiable, clamorous, deadly. So panteth my soul after thee, O God - So earnest a desire have I to come before thee, and to enjoy thy presence and thy favor. The prisoner's treadwheel might sooner land him in the skies than mere inward questioning raise us nearer to consolation. Understand the meaning of Psalms 42:1 using all available Bible versions and commentary. Who were an eminent order of. 418, 447), though rather scarce. They are still found in Palestine (Tristram, ' Land of Israel,' pp. He who loves the Lord loves also the assemblies wherein his name is adored. How changed his present place! i., p. 253) says, "I have seen large flocks of these panting harts gather round the water-brooks in the great deserts of Central Syria, so subdued by thirst that you could approach quite near them before they fled." Verse 1. The above extracts will give a fine illustration of this passage. Colossians 68. so Kimchi. All my nature, my inmost self. "When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me." This was at first applied to the case of one who was cut off from the privileges of public worship, and who was driven into exile far from the place where he had been accustomed to unite with others in that service Psalm 42:4; but it will also express the deep and earnest feelings of the heart of piety at all times, and in all circumstances, in regard to God. Ew. Perhaps it was well for him that the heart could open the safety valves; there is a dry grief far more terrible than showery sorrows. - As the hart panteth after the water-brooks. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Surely they might have left the mourner alone; he could weep no more than he did - it was a supererogation of malice to pump more tears from a heart which already overflowed. When we hear those famous opening lines, it is important to notice that David does not only thirst for a feeling or some sort of emotional comfort. "For the living God." As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God. As the hart brays so his soul prays. Nothing could more beautifully or appropriately describe the earnest longing of a soul after God, in the circumstances of the psalmist, than this image. Neither the idea of panting nor braying seems to be in the original word. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God? Why does a hart “pant” at the bank of … Nor is there any one Psalm where the author is named. As after a long drought the poor fainting hind longs for the streams, or rather as the hunted hart instinctively seeks after the river to lave its smoking flanks and to escape the dogs, even so my weary, persecuted soul pants after the Lord my God. When he harped upon his woes his heart melted into water and was poured out upon itself. Pentaglott. (b) By these comparisons of the thirst and panting, he shows his fervent desire to serve God in his temple. Glory be to God, they lie in their throats, for our God is in the heavens, ay, and in the furnace too, succouring his people. The prisoner's treadwheel might sooner land him in the skies than mere inward questioning raise us nearer to consolation. God hidden, and foes raging, a pair of evils enough to bring down the stoutest heart! singers in the house of God; of whom see 1 Chronicles 6:33 9:19 26:1. It is a sweet bitterness. When it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst, it is well with our souls, however painful our feelings. As after a long drought the poor fainting hind longs for the streams, or rather as the hunted hart instinctively seeks after the river to lave its smoking flanks and to escape the dogs, even so my weary, persecuted soul pants after the Lord my God. Yet might her piteous heart be seen to pant and quake. None but spiritual men can sympathise with this thirst. Neither the idea of panting nor braying seems to be in the original word. "My tears have been my meat day and night." We sympathize with them; we pity them; we love them; we feel deeply for them when they are pursued, when they fly away in fear, when they are in want. My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God? (c) Aristot. Maschil—(See on [587]Ps 32:1, title). “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” Psa 42:1. May we never pant for these. They had better have thrust needles into his eyes than have darted insinuations against his God. No, he wants God’s very presence. His enemies reproach him, Psalm 42:10. "To see the face of God" is the nearer translation of the Hebrew; but the two ideas may be combined - he would see his God and be seen of him; this is worth thirsting after! Shimei may here be alluded to who after this fashion mocked David as he fled from Absalom. Which is more than hungering; hunger you can palliate, but thirst is awful, insatiable, clamorous, deadly. when shall I come and appear before God —. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. : ב כְּאַיָּל, תַּעֲרֹג עַל-אֲפִיקֵי-מָיִם-- כֵּן נַפְשִׁי תַעֲרֹג אֵלֶיךָ אֱלֹהִים. Dear reader, dost thou know what this is, by personally having felt the same? To palpitate; to beat with preternatural violence or rapidity, as the heart in terror, or after hard labor, or in anxious desire or suspense. The hart is naturally hot and thirsty. As he says, “When shall I come and appear before God?” (vs. 2b). ; for the priests in white linen, soldiers in garments of war; for the song, the sneer of blasphemy; for the festivity, lamentation; for joy in the Lord, a mournful dirge over his absence. (Psalm 42:1) The Question "What do you want more than anything else in the world?" "For the living God." thirst is a perpetual appetite, and not to be forgotten, and even thus continual is the heart's longing after God. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. 4 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. Gently proceeding with holy ease, in comely procession, with frequent strains of song, he and the people of Jehovah had marched in reverent ranks up to the shrine of sacrifice, the dear abode of peace and holiness. Perhaps he alludes to the removal of the ark and to the glorious gatherings of the tribes on that grand national holy day and holiday. Cruel taunts come naturally from coward minds. So sensible am I of want; so much does my soul need something that can satisfy its desires. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Salt meats, but healthful to the soul. Psalm 42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. The writer, perhaps one of this Levitical family of singers accompanying David in exile, mourns his absence from the sanctuary, a cause of grief aggravated by the taunts of enemies, and is comforted in hopes of relief. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” It enchants the dream expressed in every child's Christmas list for Santa. When it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst, it is well with our souls, however painful our feelings. His soul, his very self, his deepest life, was insatiable for a sense of the divine presence. We do not know the exact re… They had better have thrust needles into his eyes than have darted insinuations against his God. איל is a common noun, comp. For Zion, a wilderness. but he is one certain and single person. And therefore it seems more probable that David penned this, as it is confessed he did some other Psalms which have not his name in the title. Vain are all pretences to religion where the outward means of grace have no attraction. -- An Instruction. And this thirst is increased, partly by its dwelling in desert and dry places, to which it retireth for fear of men and wild beasts; and partly by its long and violent running, when it is pursued by the hunters; and some add, by eating of serpents. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. : 2 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. (b) By these comparisons of the thirst and panting, he shows his fervent desire to serve God in his temple. and why art thou disquieted in me? Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. It ignites the wish behind every birthday candle ceremony. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Hist. Thus pursued, spent, and nearly ready to give up the ghost, the psalmist pants for God, for the living God! We sympathize with them; we pity them; we love them; we feel deeply for them when they are pursued, when they fly away in fear, when they are in want. "To see the face of God" is the nearer translation of the Hebrew; but the two ideas may be combined - he would see his God and be seen of him; this is worth thirsting after! Animal. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? "For I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God." this is no questionable mark of grace. 2. Alas, how many appear before the minister, or their fellow men, and think that enough! "While they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?" continued...THE ARGUMENT The penman of this Psalm is uncertain. It is the idea of looking for, longing for, desiring, that is expressed there. This parallels what David says in Psalm 63: Just like in Psalm 63, Psalm 42 has a problem. His tears since they were shed because God was blasphemed, were "honourable dew," drops of holy water, such as Jehovah putteth into his bottle. Panting is how some animals cool when overheated. Painful reflections were awakened by the memory of past joys; he had mingled in the pious throng, their numbers had helped to give him exhilaration and to awaken holy delight, their company had been a charm to him as with them he ascended the hill of Zion. They picture David. l. 4. c. 11. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." On water. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? For Zion, a wilderness. Giro him his God and he is as content as the poor deer which at length slakes its thirst and is perfectly happy; but deny him his Lord, and his heart heaves, his bosom palpitates, his whole frame is convulsed, like one who gasps for breath, or pants with long running. Archive 2006-09-01. That it must here be taken as a designation of the hind, appears from the verb being in the fem. Psalm 42 is the 42nd psalm of the Book of Psalms, often known in English by its incipit, As the hart panteth after the water brooks (in the King James Version).The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament.In the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 42 opens the second of the five books (divisions) of Psalms. To have the breast heaving, as in short respiration or want of breath. God hidden, and foes raging, a pair of evils enough to bring down the stoutest heart! By David, when he was banished from the house of God, either by Saul’s tyranny, or by Absalom’s rebellion; or, 2. 4 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. 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? (e) Sept. & Symmachus apud Drusium. 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