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1. What do you find best quenches your thirst?
2. When were you homesick? What would your correspondence from that time reveal about your innermost yearnings and fears?
3. These two psalms form one unified whole. What refrains and themes are common to each?
4. From 2 Kings 14:11 – 14, we see hostages being taken captive from Judah. How might such a situation give birth to these psalms (Psalm 42:1 – 3)?
5. From the descriptive words and phrases, what diagnosis best fits this psalmist’s condition? Thirsty? Depressed? Exiled? Homesick? Hopeful? Plagued by spiritual doubts?
6. What prescription does the psalmist recommended (verses 5 and 11)? Is this a realistic way to handle grief? Why or why not?
7. Although the psalmist asks the same question in Psalm 42:9 that his foes ask in Psalm 42:3 and Psalm 42:10, what is the difference in how these questions are put? What does this say about the dark side of faith and the sunny side of doubt?
8. He wants to be back in God’s house in Jerusalem, but what is he learning about God from where he is now?
9. What progression of faith or mood swing do you see in Psalm 43? Does the prayer (verses 3 and 4) express a conviction that he will soon be released by his enemies? Or is this a spiritual homecoming?
10. What causes God to seem far away at times? Who moved (God or you)?
11. How might these two psalms help you in times when you wonder where God is?
12. In dealing with his depression, this man freely cried, talked to himself, reminded himself of God’s nature, and prayed honestly. By comparison, how do you deal with depression? What from this man’s example might help you face times of spiritual or emotional dryness in your life?
13. Of the adjectives and titles which this man ascribed to God, which one best describes your relationship with God? Is the possessive pronoun “my” one that you readily use in relation to God? Why or why not?.