Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Psalms 42-49 were written by the Sons of Korah (who was consumed by the fire of God after inciting a rebellion against Moses and Aaron in Numbers 16). They take us on an emotional journey of rebuilding faith in God. Psalms 42-44 reflect the despair of feeling rejected by God and a desperate longing to restore the close relationship of the past through praise and pleas for vindication and rescue. Ps 45 continues with praise for the King and his bride. Ps 46-49 extol the greatness of God as King and conclude with the confident security His might and power bring to those who serve Him.
What is one key verse?
Ps 42:11/43:5 (NLT) Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!
Ps 46:1-2 (NIV) God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea
How does what you read change your vision of God?
Seeing the Sons of Korah pour out a wide range of emotions toward God reminded me that I don’t have to hide my negative feelings from God or pretend I’m in a good place spiritually when I’m not. God is powerful enough to handle my emotions!
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
When I’m discouraged or afraid I don’t stop and ask myself where my hope is. I think that it’s the circumstance that is causing the discouragement or fear and not that I have put my hope in something other than God.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I learned that the best way to work through negative emotions is through praise and remembering who God is (Ps 46:10). When I am feeling sad or discouraged I can make a conscious decision to put my hope in God and the security that He is in control .
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
These chapters remind me that Jesus is the King of Kings and that I can find peace and security in His lordship and love.
2 Replies to “6.11 Psalm 42-49”
I also love how earnest David is about seeking God out in these psalms. I can relate to his yearning for God being like a deer who yearns for water. I think that David put his hope in God and kept returning to God because the desire of his heart was to be close to God.
I also think and see in the world that the circumstances can make me sad or discouraged and not that my hope is in something other than God. What a great point. If our hope is in God then our joy and encouragement comes from God.