A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. (Psalm 42)

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Psalm 42


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. From 2 Kings 14:11 – 14, we see hostages being taken captive from Judah. How might such a situation give birth to this psalm (verses 1 – 3)?

4. From the descriptive words and phrases, what diagnosis best fits the psalmist’ s condition:

  • thirsty
  • depressed
  • exiled
  • homesick
  • hopeful
  • plagued by spiritual doubts

5. What prescription does the psalmist recommend (verses 5 and 11)? Is this a realistic way to handle grief? Why or why not?

6. Although the psalmist asks the same question in verse 9 that his foes ask in verses 3 and 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?

7. The psalmist wants to be back in God’s house in Jerusalem, but what is he learning about God from where he is right now? (What does the difference between what’s happening “day and night” in verses 3 and 8 tell you)?

8. What causes God to seem far away at times? Who moved, God or you? How might this psalm help you in times when you wonder where God is?

9. In dealing with his depression, this man freely cried (verse 3), talked to himself (verse 5 and 11), reminded himself of God’s nature (verses 6 and 8) and prayed honestly (verse 9). By comparison, how do you deal with depression? What from this man’s example might help you face times of spiritual dryness in your life?

10. Of the adjectives and titles this man ascribed to God, which ones best describe your relationship with God? Is the possessive pronoun “my” one that you readily use in relation to God? Why or why not? How has God been “yours” in recent weeks?


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