Psalm 42 Longing for God


I inadvertently passed on a bit of misinformation in yesterday’s sermon in citing 60 as the Levites’ age-of-retirement from active duty in service in the temple and to which someone laughingly responded, thus setting this faulty statistic in many memories.  Numbers 8:25 specifies that Levitical service related to the temple be a 20 year term, from 30 to 50 years of age.The retirement age at 50 nearly rises to mantra status in Numbers 4, where that specification is repeated seven times.  Thanks to the parishioner who drew my attention to this error.

Sermon Outline

  1. Have you ever felt disappointed? Abandoned? God Didn’t care?
  2. The Panting (Ps 42:1-2)
    1. Drought in the land.
    2. Running from danger.
  3. Separation from God’s Presence (Ps 42:3-4)
    1. Isolated from being able to worship in the temple of God
    2. There are situations in life that steal the presence of God from us.
    3. When one feels the absence of God, the emotional pain is great.
    4. The Lies we believe that cause pain
    5. The Dark Night of the Soul.
  4. The Hoped for Hope – God’s Character (Ps 42:5)
  5. The Struggle Continues (Ps 42:5-10)
  6. God’s Love sustains us (Ps 42:8)
  7. God’s character (Ps 42:11)
    1. Cannot lie (Heb 6:18-19)
    2. When he said you are my children, he meant it (2Cor 6:18)
    3. When he said, I will never leave or forsake you, he meant that too (Heb 13:5)
    4. When he said, greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends…and you are my friends, he meant that too. (Jn 15:13, 15)
    5. When he said I am going to prepare a place for you and I will come back for you.He meant that too.  (Jn 14:2-3)
    6. Hope in God


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