Psalm 42 Longing for God POHFW

Preparing our Hearts to Worship


In an effort to help you prepare for the August 5, 2018, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on theEmotions in the Psalms.I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Longing for GodThe main Scriptures for the day are Psalm 42.


(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)


From the Scriptures


Please read through Psalm 42 this week.


You can read or listen to them here


From the Creeds and Confessions 


 Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2.1-2

Chapter 2 – Of God, and of the Holy Trinity 

1. There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, for his own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and withal, most just, and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty. 

2. God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever himself pleaseth. In his sight all things are open and manifest, his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands. To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them.

Heidelberg Catechism Q26

What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth”?


That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and everything in them, who still upholds and rules them by his eternal counsel and providence, is my God and Father because of Christ the Son. 

I trust God so much that I do not doubt he will provide whatever I need for body and soul, and will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends upon me in this sad world.

God is able to do this because he is almighty God6 and desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.


From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church


As the deer (Maranatha Music):LyricsVideo

Psalm 42 (Martin’s): LyricsVideo

Even when it hurts (Houston): LyricsVideo

Satisfied in You (The Sing Team): LyricsVideo

The Psalms Project: Psalms 42 Video

For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study


Watch The Bible Project’s video summary of Psalms.

Read this introductionto the psalms from the NIV Study Bible

Reflect upon Spurgeon’s Sermon The Panting Deer

Reflect on this Institute for Creation Research article, A hart for God

For a series of Liturgical resources related to Psalm 42 see this CRC page


The Sermon will be available online on August 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm.

Disclaimer: Reference to a particular article or website does not constitute endorsement or agreement with everything in that article or on that website.





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