Psalm 42 is one of the Psalms of Asaph. Psalm 42 – As the Deer Pants for the Water
Psalm 42 can be found here . Psalm 42 was written when David was in the wilderness of Judah, having fled from his son Absalom. Psalm 42 opens with a cry for help in times of trouble. Psalm 42:2-5
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and (my) God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I remember you (God) from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep as your waterfalls lift their voice; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:11-13
“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Psalm 42:1-3
Here the Psalmist reflects on the Psalms of Asaph. Psalm 42 continues by reflecting Psalm 50, Psalm 43-49, Psalm 44, Psalm 45, Psalm 46-49. Psalms 50 and 51 were written by Asaph at the dedication of the temple. Psalm 42 continues to reflect Psalms 52-55, Psalm 57 Psalm 54 reflects Psalm 21, Psalms 21 and 22 are written against Edom.