From what has been said, it is at the same time clear, that though we should take Mizhar as nom. The region in which Mount Hermon is situated. wonderful works God did for the people of Israel of old, in "Commentary on Psalms 42:6". Firmer than the granite mountains, more enduring than the everlasting hills, was this portion of his spirit. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Do you ask, “Why?” Because, when we are cast down, it checks our pride. 4 My tears have been my bread day and night, c. as they ask me every day, “Where is your God?” d If you turn your back on God dark shadows will cross your path, thick darkness will be before you; but with your face towards God you will see light in His light, the darkness is past and the true light shineth. In so far as he rests through faith in God’s promises, he raises himself, equipped with the spirit of an invincible valour against the feelings of the flesh, and at the same time blames his weakness.” David here--, God is the “health of my countenance.” He will clear away all the gloom, and make it bright with the sunshine of His love. The poet has not vet passed quite into the land of exile, the country beyond Jordan, but already he is on its borders, and as his sad eyes turn again and again towards the loved country he is leaving, its sacred summits begin to disappear, while ever nearer and higher rise the snow-clad peaks of Hermon. I. Forgetting God is man’s natural instinct when his soul is cast down within him. 3. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-42.html. Peter felt this same panic, when he tried to walk on the water to Jesus. We know not what we are born to in our second birth, and when trouble comes upon us it surprises us. “A man’s spirit may sustain his infirmities, but a wounded spirit who can bear?”--and we may add, who can cure? "Commentary on Psalms 42:6". A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of the sons of Korah. And this is the peril of souls when east down. The fruit of his remembrance of God in the depths--perfect peace. death. To the Chief Musician. Which the psalmist repeats, partly to show the greatness of his It consists of several summits, and is therefore spoken of here in the plural number, Hermonim, the Hebrew plural of Hermon. Unless God impart strength to us, how shall we be able to subdue the many evil thoughts which constantly arise in our minds? The soul of man serves the purpose, as it were, of a workshop to Satan in which to forge a thousand methods of despair. Psalms 42:6. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. In like manner, God’s children are much vexed with their doubts and fears, but they are never killed by them. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-42.html. meant; see ( 1 Samuel Another cause is a habit which some have of judging themselves, not from the Word of God, but from the words of men. (Comp. 42:6. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". All rights reserved. At the same time, there is in these words a tacit contrast; (119) as if he had said, It is not the desire to be restored to my wife, or my house, or any of my possessions, which grieves me so much as the distressing consideration, that I now find myself prevented from taking part in the service of God. my soul is cast down within me. Hermon represents also in Psalms 89:12, the Transjordanic region, as Tabor the Cisjordanic: "Tabor and Hermon rejoice in thy name." John. We would rather understand the plural according to the analogy of Leviticus 17:7, where "the bucks" denotes the buck-god and others of his brotherhood—comp. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-42.html. 2 As the deer longs for streams of water, a. so my soul longs for you, O God. His body is not *thirsty, but his *soul inside him is *thirsty. Often, when I call to see a troubled Christian, do you know what he is almost sure to say? Hermon was a mountainous district, which extended to a considerable distance; and because it had several tops, was called in the plural number Hermonim. 4. Psalms 42:6. of a mountain, on which the Psalmist stood, still a reference must even then lie at bottom to its appellative signification, the small mountain, as it cannot be designed to give a geographically exact description of the Psalmist's place of retreat. Literally it may be read thus: O my God! What about God did he recall? On the Welsh coast there is a small rocky island with a lighthouse, and in the lighthouse a bell, which on stormy nights rings out its solemn warning to the approaching mariner. Psalms 42:6 is understood to teach that David's place of exile was somewhere east of the Jordan headwaters in the vicinity of Mount Hermon. (W. David, a great man who had even reached the throne, is the man who says, “My soul is cast down.” Do you imagine that the head never aches that wears a crown? When You’Re Depressed, Your Main Need Is to Seek God Himself, Not Just Relief. (Psalm 42:6-11). Shame upon you! "Commentary on Psalms 42:6". Job’s state of mind, as described in Job 3:1-26., was anything but gracious. The reference is to 2 Samuel 17:22. the Hermonites = the Hermons. (See Thomson, Land and Book, p. Psalm 42:6. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 42:6". 2. It seems to us more desirable to rejoice in the Lord than to mourn His absence. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 42:6". Go to. Man's natural instinct, when his soul is cast down within him, is to forget God, and not to remember Him, to let God and the higher world slip out of his relaxing hand. From bodily infirmities (Isaiah 38:14-15). From the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar, i.e. favour; from all which he concludes he had no just reason to be Despair is reckless, and deep misery tends strongly to despair. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-42.html. God was left if all else was lost. ; which might be so in comparison of Hermon. It was a long way from Mount Zion where the ark dwelt in David"s day. The faithlessness of friends and kindred. But that the thinking is of a consolatory, not of a painful sort, is clear from the following considerations—1. 1. O my God, my soul is cast down within me] Though before he had schooled himself out of his distempers yet now he is troubled again; such are the vicissitudes and interchanges of joy and sorrow that the saints are here subject unto; as soon as the spirit gets the better, as soon the flesh; sometimes good affections prevail, sometimes unruly passions. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-42.html. Psalm 42:6, NLT: "my God! We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. "Commentary on Psalms 42:6". "Commentary on Psalms 42:6". from all the places and parts of the land to which I shall be driven; whether from the parts about or beyond Jordan on the east: or, the Hermonim, i.e. 1909-1922. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-42.html. Which the psalmist repeats, partly to show the greatness of his dejection, though he had not lost his view of interest in God as his covenant God; and partly to observe another method he made use of to remove his dejection and refresh his spirits; and that was by calling to mind past experiences of divine goodness; 19:20 Genesis O my God, my soul is cast down within me. For man's soul is as a workshop of Satan to produce in a thousand ways despair." The path of life is strewed with the fallen blossoms of hope. Hence some think the poet is contrasting Hermon with Zion. In many cases melancholy proceeds from bodily weakness. 1874-1909. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/psalms-42.html. What sufferer has not felt thus? Not that David was exactly at Hermon, but he was in the transjordanic region wherein 'the Hermons' - i:e., Hermon and its fellow-mountains-were; namely, at Mahanaim, north of the Jabbok, upon the borders of Gad and Manasseh (2 Samuel 17:24; 2 Samuel 17:27; 1 Kings 2:8). from the hill Mizar; Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. PS 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. English Standard Version. Why, my soul, are you downcast? To many sensitive natures this is the most painful form of persecution. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-42.html. But the reason derived from the organism of the Psalm against the right exposition given above, amounts to nothing. Therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan] That is, saith one, I will call to mind former experiments there, and take comfort. 1999. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. It is a wise plan to say to such an one, “Oh yes! Beneath their weight he sank down into darkness and despair. New York. All other rights reserved. of those places, and of the people that received the law on Mount my soul is cast down within me, therefore will I remember thee, etc. Psalm 137, which is also an exilic Psalm). “Therefore I will remember Thee.” At, this is not a natural resolution: we are naturally alienated from the life of God. But in these verses the Psalmist represents his consolation and his help as being in God, who quickens him through the manifestations of his grace, who gives him joyfulness for his praise—joyfulness to pour out his heart before him in child-like confidence, and unfold to him all his necessity and his pain. The transaction related in that chapter between the Cisjordanic and Transjordanic tribes abundantly explain the painful emotions, with which the Psalmist mentions here "the land of Jordan and the Hermons." “I will remember thee from the land of Jordan,” etc. dejection and despondency: and delightful it is to call to mind, See Wall, and the version of the Liturgy of the Church of England. From the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, "the great deliverance of me, and [praise]my God", Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. Verse 6. Mine by natural right (Job 10:8; Psalms 119:73; Psalms 139:13; Zechariah 12:1; Hebrews 12:9). Perhaps David also has purposely made use of the plural number on account of the fear by which he was forced frequently to change his place of abode, and wander hither and thither. ) ; but, be it what or where it will, in this little hill David The book of Psalms falls into five different divisions, five books. What has caused it? God cares more for me, for my present and my future, than I care for myself. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. Psalm 42:1 In Hebrew texts 42:1-11 is numbered 42:2-12. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-42.html. The word is used here with reference to the mountain-region to which the general name of Hermon was given on the northeast of Palestine, and on the east of the sources of the Jordan. 3. 1. God often disappoints us to teach us submission to his will. 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