To go to the altar, i.e. To seize the harp for thanksgiving and praise.Religious services should be gladsome; those in the home as well as those in the sanctuary. The growing and fruitful Christian will be a comfortable one; a degree of peace and satisfaction will follow every good action; and your graces, acquiring maturity, will shine by their own light.(H. What do you say — your strength is exhausted and you are feeble and have no power left? It bereaves of God and shadows the promises. Wonderful is that instance of an unshaken confidence in God, which is displayed for our instruction, and recorded for our imitation, in the history of the sufferings and of the patience of Job.III. He was conscious of —1. God doth not leave His people to lie under their spiritual distresses, to pore over them, and sink under them. II. One is a voice of faith and the other is a voice of doubt. etc. Or is His ear, that has been so often opened to our prayers, grown heavy, that it can no more hear? The sailor cares not because the green waves with crested heads curl over and dash against the vessel, shaking it from stem to stern; or because they, rising in their wrath, leap upon the deck, and with wild glee pour off again through the port holes. A cause of disquietude to which bad men are entire strangers, unless under the immediate horror of momentary convictions.II. iii) Hope does not mean a vain wish. — "Hope." Be not unacquainted with your own hearts; examine them, to see the marks of conversion, and to "make your calling sure" to yourselves.6. God Himself. To be "cast down" is depression of spirit; to be "disquieted" is agitation—restlessness of mind. For light and truth to lead him back to Zion. For Divine deliverance.3. Nothing uncommon for the Christian to be the target of wrong charges.2. <> i) Psalm 42:11 ii) No matter how bleak our circumstances, God is with us. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 42. 3. and why art thou disquieted within me? THE EXILE'S PRAYER.1. I. What do you say — your strength is exhausted and you are feeble and have no power left? One of the secrets of obtaining a healthy spiritual life is to obtain the fellowship of saintly people. THE PSALMIST'S SUPPORT AMIDST ALL HIS DISTRESS. THE RESTING-PLACES OF LIFE. The want of this one word "My" is the sinner's loss of heaven, and the dagger that smites him into the second death. As Ahab (1 Kings 21:1, 2). "No," he says, "let us sing the Psalms 46th psalm, ' God is our refuge and strength, a very present help; therefore will not we fear though the mountains be removed.'" An unemployed life is a burden to itself. And when believers themselves fall, and thereby wound their peace and lose sight of all their evidences, they have no other refuge. THE UNREASONABLENESS AND VIRTUAL IMPIETY OF THE OVER-ANXIOUS, FOREBODING SPIRIT MANIFESTED BY SO MANY. II. Is the Christian life all about peace and happiness and joy? But, remember, general rules have always some exceptions, and in this matter note —. The want of this one word "My" is the sinner's loss of heaven, and the dagger that smites him into the second death. Hear them (Psalm 137:7). P. Chown.I. 3. There were two things under which at this time—probably the time of Absalom's short-lived and wicked triumph—David's soul was suffering. The Psalms express every human emotion that the people of God experience as they walk with the Lord on earth. "Still hope in God," etc.(T. For Divine guidance.II. He does not change. But this ground of disquiet is most unreasonable, and most dishonourable to God.4. Hence a poor soul may ere long be much discouraged, though for the present full of comfort. THE DESIRABLENESS OF THE INVESTIGATION WHICH THE PSALMIST INSTITUTED.1. The inquiry should be made because generally, if not entirely, it would be found that in the Divine dealings there really was no cause whatever for the soul to be cast down at all. WHY DOES GOD PERMIT THIS? 2. By Satan's instruments and servants. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. The interests of his son!(Homilist. 3. To the consequent affliction and distress of the body (Psalm 102:4, 5, 6, 9; Jeremiah 20:7-9). Our passions are to serve, not rule us. To seize the harp for thanksgiving and praise.Religious services should be gladsome; those in the home as well as those in the sanctuary. The interests of his son!(Homilist. There may be a secret, dormant peace, where there is not an awakened and apparent peace. P. Chown.I. Psalm 42:11. For this is He sent as the Comforter. Fighting for Hope | Psalm 42 4.21-22.2018 Thank You Summit I came here as a 19 year old college sophomore who was disenfranchised with church. That is one trouble with downheartedness — it emphasizes self. They had been his comforts before, but now to see them was to be filled with misery. Why art thou cast down, &c. — See note on Psalm 42:5. Who is the health of my countenance — Hebrew, The salvations of my face: which will make my face to shine, and my countenance cheerful, which supposes the gladness of the heart and the bettering of his condition. Psalm 42:11. That pronoun my is just worth as much to the soul as God and heaven; because without it you can't have them. Jacob had Bethel, Moses had the burning bush, Daniel the lions' den. To go to the altar, i.e. Take care when trouble comes not to mingle our passions with it. Study also the promises of God; view them in their variety, their extent, their application to you.4. Another man's knowledge will not make me wise. He can no longer look at things calmly and therefore truly, and everything appears to him in monstrous and distorted guise. MINISTRY OF SERMONAUDIO. Psalm 42 is a lament. The water in the hold is more dreaded than all the ocean without. When you read these psalms, it will be obvious that they go together. Another reason why the question should be asked is because very often the answer to it will be found in the soul itself. The wicked dread being alone. Last and chiefest, turn to God. C. H. Spurgeon . "Not backward are our glances bent, But onward to our Father's house." II. The suggestions of Satan assail the minds of good men. 4. THE MEANS WHEREBY WE MAY AGAIN OBTAIN PEACE, COMFORT, AND A CALM TRUST IN GOD.1. Nothing uncommon for the Christian to be the target of wrong charges.2. A cause of disquietude to which bad men are entire strangers, unless under the immediate horror of momentary convictions.II. A man may have peace that hath no comfort, and comfort but no joy. Exile.2. Who would have thought that Moses would have murmured, David murdered (2 Samuel 12:9), Peter denied our Lord (Matthew 26:72)? Aspiration has grown faint. NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible, Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison, Large Print. THE UNDYING HOPES OF LIFE. Psalm 42:11 There were two things under which at this time—probably the time of Absalom's short-lived and wicked triumph—David's soul was suffering. Imitate the psalmist here: instead of yielding to a vague grief, cite your soul; inquire of it the particular cause of your sorrow: different remedies will be requisite, according to the different sources of your distress: and be careful that you trifle not with God, and your comfort, and your salvation, while you inquire of your soul, "why art thou cast down?"2. 11. A godly soul, by reason of the grace given it, knows when it is well with it and when it is ill, when a good day and when a bad. The suggestions of Satan assail the minds of good men. But notice next that although inward in its nature its effects are to be seen in the countenance. But the great causes of our dejections and melancholy are to be found in ourselves. For Divine deliverance.3. 3. (2) We are to judge of communion with God in duty, from the sense we have of our need of daily supplies and communications from His fulness and all-sufficiency. When we depend too much upon the opinions of other men. View More. Does that seem contradictory to you? All Videos PDFs. He could say, "The waters have come into my soul.". Henry Kollock, D.D., in "Sermons," etc. 3. "Why art thou cast down?" Many men allow partly imaginary trials to creep into their souls, that scarcely have a palpable existence if they were only inquired into, and yet when once they are seen they are watched over, and they grow until they expand to such an extent that they seem to fill the man's whole spirit and all around him; whereas if they were just looked at in the face in the light of Divine presence and in the glory that beams from another world, they would vanish in a moment like mists before the rising sun; the man's trouble would be turned into triumph, and his saddest sorrows into sweetest song. A man ought to esteem it as bad for the soul as some corrupting contagion is for the body.2. 3. By strong and prayerful volition put yourself at the daily duty; do it even more painstakingly than ever, even though you feel so little like it. Gordon.I. His soul is not cast down. BUT THERE ARE POSITIVE CAUSES AS WELL AS NEGATIVE ONES. III. But when the eye is shaken into restlessness its focus is perverted, and everything is seen awry. And a good, and frequently quick, cure for it is the determined emphasizing on our part of other Selves, thus causing, somewhat at least, a forgetfulness of the morbid self.3. THE MEANS WHEREBY WE MAY AGAIN OBTAIN PEACE, COMFORT, AND A CALM TRUST IN GOD. Psalm 42:11 11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? WE HAVE FIRM GROUNDS FOR OUR TRUST IN GOD FROM THOSE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD WHICH ENABLE AND DISPOSE HIM TO HELP US. Exercise strong self-denial. Ignorance of Christian liberty, by unnecessary scruples and doubts. God doth not leave His people to lie under their spiritual distresses, to pore over them, and sink under them. And when believers themselves fall, and thereby wound their peace and lose sight of all their evidences, they have no other refuge.III. He is not merely burdened, he is possessed by a feverish uncertainty. We know this P… Not a few have been disquieted and cast down from false representations and wrong conceptions of the Divine decrees; as if thereby a certain number were under a sentence of reprobation, and for ever excluded from the Divine mercy. He who hath delivered us from so great dangers, and doth deliver, in Him we may safely trust, that He will yet deliver us. When be is forced to be alone he can talk with his God and himself. 1. 2. To be "cast down" is depression of spirit; to … Yes, for though there be evil in this, yet there is grace withal. A cause of disquietude to which bad men are entire strangers, unless under the immediate horror of momentary convictions.II. For light and truth to lead him back to Zion.II. And when believers themselves fall, and thereby wound their peace and lose sight of all their evidences, they have no other refuge.III. Overstrain of work.3. A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah." To do, as here, cite the soul before itself, and, as it were, to reason the case. We may know when our dejection is excessive. Another reason why the question should be asked is because very often the answer to it will be found in the soul itself. "Praise Him who is the health," the beauty, the ruddy glow, the youth, "of thy countenance, and thy God."(J. "You ask me why I am cast down within you. That little word is the private cabinet in which all our comfort for time and for eternity is locked up. The neglect of keeping a clear conscience. What say you — the stream is dried up? We feel prematurely old. of France after the massacre of St. Bartholomew's day. But do not confine yourselves to this self-examination; be also engaged in active duties. Micah is right (Micah 2:10). &c.] The same expostulation as in ( Psalms 42:5) ; and so is what follows, and why art thou disquieted within me? The soul must be raised to a right but yet a bounded grief. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. The Psalmist is far from the temple of God in Jerusalem and is therefore feeling far from God’s presence. W.F. "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? It magnifies troubles.2. III. Study also the promises of God; view them in their variety, their extent, their application to you. And to this end we should look at the state of the soul in itself and on what terms it is with God (Leviticus 16:29). Our hearts too often like "muffled drums beating funeral marches," rather than like well-tuned harps sending forth strains of sweetest harmony and gladdest adoration, etc.III. October 21, 2020. Kollock, D. D.)The causes and cure of spiritual distressT. Abraham (Genesis 15:2; Jonah 4:9; Jeremiah 31:15). )Trust in God our best support in all our troubles and afflictionsBishop Smalridge.I. That he is far from well there can be no doubt. There is a peace which lies in opposition to what one hath been, and a peace that is in opposition to what one would be. Read much in God's Word, and so fill your mind with thoughts of Christ and with the blessed promises of God. In our text we read that God is the health of our countenance: if, then, His presence be wanting the countenance suffers. That is one trouble with downheartedness — it emphasizes self. The sorrow of his soul.3. What say you — the stream is dried up? Imitate the psalmist here: instead of yielding to a vague grief, cite your soul; inquire of it the particular cause of your sorrow: different remedies will be requisite, according to the different sources of your distress: and be careful that you trifle not with God, and your comfort, and your salvation, while you inquire of your soul, "why art thou cast down?". It shadows blessings, making the hard things in life prominent rather than the ameliorating things.4. )Trust in God our best support in all our troubles and afflictionsBishop Smalridge.I. Sermon Bible Commentary. But do not confine yourselves to this self-examination; be also engaged in active duties. — "Praise." You get that in the first and second verses. "Hope thou in God." A. Psalm 42:11: The Causes and Cure of Spiritual Distress: T. Gordon. Want of firm resolution in good things. (2) We are to judge of communion with God in duty, from the sense we have of our need of daily supplies and communications from His fulness and all-sufficiency. The health of David's countenance was not in his countenance, but in his God, and this makes his faith silence his fears, and so peremptorily resolve upon it, that there is a time coming (how near so ever he now … and why art thou disquieted within me? 2. This spirit is rebuked by your whole experience. Though they be much cast down, they still mourn after God. The suggestions of Satan assail the minds of good men. And here the disquieted soul may rest.3. Really, the psalmist does not know of any reason why it should be, and he speaks to his soul like another man, of whom he was surprised and almost ashamed. Berry. Hence, we should all labour after a calmed spirit. He leads them home to prove their hearts; he leads them to their hope.1. Grief gathered to a head will not be quieted at the first. THERE ARE MANY CAUSES FOR DOWNHEARTEDNESS IN THIS STRANGE AND DISCIPLINARY WORLD,1. Last and chiefest, turn to God. ��{�5��A̜���IDy4�*�%�D9ʋG��M�;�3c�^�v���Z8��i2�\o�pXV=�ڎb��E��np+Bs�/�nd�_5 H�w]�(��҄�ع¤Hy��1sF6G���������! 6. 1. We are to distinguish by the welcome they meet with, and the free quarters we allow them, on the one hand; or by the pain and distress they give us, on the other, and by our opposition to them, and our endeavours to dismiss them. If physical weakness be the secret of our spiritual depression, then the only effectual cure is to aim at strengthening that which is really weak, namely, the bodily health; and not to weaken the body still more by fretting over a lowness of spirits which results from our feeble physical condition almost as inevitably as loss of light follows from the setting of the sun. Our hearts too often like "muffled drums beating funeral marches," rather than like well-tuned harps sending forth strains of sweetest harmony and gladdest adoration, etc. It is so with the body: inward disease will show itself on the countenance. 2. BUT HOW CAN ALL THESE DISCOURAGEMENTS STAND WITH GRACE? But one says, "I never had this blessed peace and have it not now. God descends down unto us from election to calling, and so to sanctification: we must ascend to Him, beginning where He ends. 1. "You ask me why I am cast down within you. Psalm 42:11 in all English translations. Last and chiefest, turn to God. To be "cast down" is depression of spirit; to be "disquieted" is agitation—restlessness of mind. What comfort had Judas in his thirty pieces of silver? But how are we to judge of our communion with God in duty? Follow the example of the psalmist here. lie was a papist, a profane person; and coming occasionally to hear Peter Martyr preach, he heard him say, "When ye see men at a distance skipping, leaping and dancing, ye think the men are mad; but when ye draw near to them, hear what music they have, then ye do not wonder; but ye rather wonder at yourselves that ye should wonder at them. 2. It was not thus with our Lord (John 19:26, 27; Luke 23:42). Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 42:11. HAVE AN EYE TO THE EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO HAVE THUS PLACED THEIR TRUST IN GOD, AND HAVE FOUND HELP IN THE TIME OF NEED. What bustling there is here before David can get the victory over his own heart. The Secret of Health 1. It was "cast down," and it was "disquieted." King David boldly declared, “I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Psalm 42:11, KJV). A response.Cast down! hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. We all know these heavier moments, when the spring seems to go out of our being, and we feel as though the tripping step will never return. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 42:11 and more! 4. 2. A constitutional tendency to look on the darker side of things. Another cause of much disquietude arises from imperfect or dark views of the ground of our acceptance with God. and why art thou disquieted within me? THE MEANS WHEREBY WE MAY AGAIN OBTAIN PEACE, COMFORT, AND A CALM TRUST IN GOD.1. We more frequently speak of the contagion of disease. Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. A question.2. When we place our trust in God we run no risks, because there is nothing which infinite power cannot accomplish; nothing fit and expedient for us which infinite goodness is not disposed to grant; no promises of help can have been made us by a God of truth and holiness which will not be exactly and punctually fulfilled.II. When God restores comforts to you, take care to understand them: if you would be rid of Satan coming into your quarters, fall you upon his. He leads them to prove their spirit, and to observe what is amiss about them: to mark this passion as too violent; that affection as wrong directed; that here they have lost the guard over themselves, and spoke unadvisedly with their tongue, and have been led into indiscretions, into excesses; that there their attachment to the world, or worldly connections, have been too strong, and occupied their time and attention too much. How FAR THE DISCOURAGEMENTS OF SAINTS MAY REACH. It is the one string upon which all our joys are hung.(R. THE PSALMIST'S PRESENT CONDITION OR STATE OF MIND.1. We see here again that a godly man can make good use of privacy. To the refusing of the word of consolation brought to you — "My soul refuseth to be comforted.". (1) We are to judge by an habitual sense of the Divinity upon our minds, and the devout reverential impressions we feel from His presence with us, and our accountableness to Him. It indisposes a man to all good duties. 3. John Piper Jun 1, 2008 3.5K Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. Berry. He leads them to their hope — to "Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling." Not so to seek comfort that you lose it yet more: there is such a thing as more haste and worse speed. Do we answer him or her … etc. )Judge me, O God, and plead my cause. View more titles. He who hath delivered us from so great dangers, and doth deliver, in Him we may safely trust, that He will yet deliver us. Lynchburg, Virginia. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? In your devotions, be much employed in praise and thanksgiving, instead of principally occupying yourselves with lamentations. The psalmist preaches … Gordon.)DownheartednessW. 1. Down But Not Out. Wonderful is that instance of an unshaken confidence in God, which is displayed for our instruction, and recorded for our imitation, in the history of the sufferings and of the patience of Job.III. "Why art thou cast down?" THERE ARE MANY CAUSES FOR DOWNHEARTEDNESS IN THIS STRANGE AND DISCIPLINARY WORLD. Another man's wealth will not make me rich. Perhaps when we know a little more we shall speak with equal assurance of the contagion of health. 7. For judgment against the accusations of an ungodly nation. Last and chiefest, turn to God. III. 4. Psalm 42 is a lament. He will, if he lay his comfort upon internal blessings and measure God's love by them. For Divine vindication.2. Hope. THE EXILE'S SOLILOQUY.1. So we too may have our holy places, to remember with gratitude and love and hope. Great prostration is one of the signs of this disease. Berry.Whatever God may be, it is no advantage to me if He is not my God. (Psalms 42:5, 42:11, 43:5) If you refer to the inscription with which this psalm opens, you will find that it is addressed to the Choirmaster, and is called a Maskil of the Sons of Korah. It was "cast down," and it was "disquieted." 3. But trouble and temptation draw forth hidden evils. To God we owe our being, and those blessings which we either now do, or ever did, enjoy. The Holy Ghost likewise. Sermons. It is very often for a want of asking the question that you are in that state at all. A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah." There are many calamities incident to men which we have, through the goodness of God, escaped. THE PSALMIST'S EXPOSTULATION WITH HIMSELF. Find out why God has left you: if for some sin, be humbled for if. But do not confine yourselves to this self-examination; be also engaged in active duties. In your devotions, be much employed in praise and thanksgiving, instead of principally occupying yourselves with lamentations. Ps 42:11 Ps 35:14 Ps 43:5 Ps 55:4,5 Ps 61:2 Ps 142:2,3 Ps 143:3,4 1Sa 30:6 Mk 14:33,34; Psalm 42 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; DEALING WITH DISCOURAGEMENT. He was conscious of —1. He leads them to their hope — to "Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling." Well, in all probability it is in mercy it has, for if that had continued you had never gone to the fountain. 3. Psalms 42:11. Not a few have been disquieted and cast down from false representations and wrong conceptions of the Divine decrees; as if thereby a certain number were under a sentence of reprobation, and for ever excluded from the Divine mercy. When it hinders us from holy duties. There are heights before us to be won. THE STATE OF MIND IN WHICH THE PSALMIST WAS AND CHRISTIANS SOMETIMES ARE.II. II. HOW CAN ONE DEFEAT DOWNHEARTEDNESS AND LIFT INTO AND KEEP HIMSELF IN CHEER?1. Want of knowledge in the understanding. II. This saying struck the nobleman and led him to look to his condition and to turn to God. WHY, LIKE THE PSALMIST, WE SHOULD ENDEAVOUR TO RISE FROM THIS STATE. Above all, we must sedulously and prayerfully cherish right views of God, whom we dishonour by regarding as a captious taskmaster — Him whose nature, and whose name, is Love! One is a voice of hope and the other is a voice of despair. II. The leaving out of one word from the will may ruin a man's hopes and blast all his expectations. Some seek comfort in a use of reason, and try to argue themselves into comfort. Then go to Christ Himself, seeking peace not merely for the comfort of it, but as a help to your grace: and take His promise along with you. 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