Like the parched traveller in the wilderness, whose skin bottle is empty, and who finds the wells dry, he must drink or die - he must have his God or faint. By 'water-brooks' are meant the streams that run in vallies. Far away from such goodly company the holy man pictures the sacred scene and dwells upon the details of the pious march. What are gold, honour, pleasure, but dead idols? As the hart panteth after the water brooks - The hart is not only fond of feeding near some water for the benefit of drinking, "but when he is hard hunted, and nearly spent, he will take to some river or brook, in which," says Tuberville, "he will keep as long as his breath will suffer him. We sympathize with them; we pity them; we love them; we feel deeply for them when they are pursued, when they fly away in fear, when they are in want. Perhaps he alludes to the removal of the ark and to the glorious gatherings of the tribes on that grand national holy day and holiday. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. None but spiritual men can sympathise with this thirst. Painful reflections were awakened by the memory of past joys; he had mingled in the pious throng, their numbers had helped to give him exhilaration and to awaken holy delight, their company had been a charm to him as with them he ascended the hill of Zion. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so my soul panteth after thee, O God. Note how incessant was their jeer, and how artfully they framed it! On water. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. For, or of (see [588]Introduction) the sons of Korah. The writer, perhaps one of this Levitical family of singers accompanying David in exile, mourns his absence from the sanctuary, a cause of grief aggravated by the taunts of enemies, and is comforted in hopes of relief. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? As the hart panteth after the water brooks - The hart is not only fond of feeding near some water for the benefit of drinking, "but when he is hard hunted, and nearly spent, he will take to some river or brook, in which," says Tuberville, "he will keep as long as his breath will suffer him. As the hart panteth after the water-brooks - Margin, brayeth. My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? How changed his present place! i., p. 253) says, "I have seen large flocks of these panting harts gather round the water-brooks in the great deserts of Central Syria, so subdued by thirst that you could approach quite near them before they fled." We do not know the exact re… By sons of Korah. (a) As a treasure to be kept by them, who were of the number of the Levites. Maschil—(See on [587]Ps 32:1, title). God hidden, and foes raging, a pair of evils enough to bring down the stoutest heart! My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? For, or of (see [588]Introduction) the sons of Korah. His faith in God, Psalm 42:11. The festive noise is in his ears, and the solemn dance before his eyes. It cut the good man to the bone to have the faithfulness of his God impugned. Cruel taunts come naturally from coward minds. It cut the good man to the bone to have the faithfulness of his God impugned. this is no questionable mark of grace. They are still found in Palestine (Tristram, ' Land of Israel,' pp. As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God. "With the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday." When a man comes to tears, constant tears, plenteous tears, tears that fill his cup and trencher, he is in earnest indeed. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (b) By these comparisons of the thirst and panting, he shows his fervent desire to serve God in his temple. David was never so much at home as in the house of the Lord; he was not content with private worship; he did not forsake the place where saints assemble, as the manner of some is. As The Deer Lyrics: As the deer panteth for the water / So my soul longs after You / You alone are my hearts desire / And I long to worship You / You alone are my strength, my shield / To You alone (d) Lexic. Their six-prong antlers are shed annually. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 418, 447), though rather scarce. Perhaps it was well for him that the heart could open the safety valves; there is a dry grief far more terrible than showery sorrows. Ease he did not seek, honour he did not covet, but the enjoyment of communion with God was an urgent need of his soul; he viewed it not merely as the sweetest of all luxuries, but as an absolute necessity, like water to a stag. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? The wicked know that our worst misfortune would be to lose God's favour, hence their diabolical malice leads them-to declare that such is the case. The hart often suffers from thirst in the dry and sandy countries where it lives-especially when pursued by the hunters; it then longs for water, and plunges with the greatest eagerness into the cooling stream. So panteth my soul after thee, O God - So earnest a desire have I to come before thee, and to enjoy thy presence and thy favor. So sensible am I of want; so much does my soul need something that can satisfy its desires. The word is masculine, but in this place is joined with a feminine verb, as words of the common gender may be, and thus denotes a hind, or female deer. His soul, his very self, his deepest life, was insatiable for a sense of the divine presence. "To see the face of God" is the nearer translation of the Hebrew; but the two ideas may be combined - he would see his God and be seen of him; this is worth thirsting after! As the hart panteth after the water-brooks. "Thirsteth." Verse one: “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.” Verse two: “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” Notice what both verses have in common: thirst. As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. See how pathetically he questions as to the prospect of his again uniting in the joyous gathering! Not merely for the temple and the ordinances, but for fellowship with God himself. It enchants the dream expressed in every child's Christmas list for Santa. "For I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God." : 2 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. There is no desire of the soul more intense than that which the pious heart has for God; there is no want more deeply felt than that which is experienced when one who loves God is cut off by any cause from communion with him. The wicked know that our worst misfortune would be to lose God's favour, hence their diabolical malice leads them-to declare that such is the case. How he repeats and reiterates his desire! Maschil—(See on [587]Ps 32:1, title). Not merely for the temple and the ordinances, but for fellowship with God himself. Psalm 42 is the 42nd psalm of the Book of Psalms, often known in English by its incipit, As the hart panteth after the water brooks (in the King James Version).The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament.In the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 42 opens the second of the five books (divisions) of Psalms. (Psalm 42:1) The Question "What do you want more than anything else in the world?" When it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst, it is well with our souls, however painful our feelings. Print and download As the Deer sheet music by Martin J. Nystrom. How he repeats and reiterates his desire! Debarred from public worship, David was heartsick. ; for the priests in white linen, soldiers in garments of war; for the song, the sneer of blasphemy; for the festivity, lamentation; for joy in the Lord, a mournful dirge over his absence. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Salt meats, but healthful to the soul. By the sons of Korah, in the time of the captivity of Babylon; whence some read the words of the title of this Psalm, Maschil of the sons of Korah. His tears since they were shed because God was blasphemed, were "honourable dew," drops of holy water, such as Jehovah putteth into his bottle. He roundly asserted that David was a bloody man, and that God was punishing him for supplanting Saul and his house; his wish was father to his thought. Perhaps it was well for him that the heart could open the safety valves; there is a dry grief far more terrible than showery sorrows. Colossians 68. so Kimchi. This was at first applied to the case of one who was cut off from the privileges of public worship, and who was driven into exile far from the place where he had been accustomed to unite with others in that service Psalm 42:4; but it will also express the deep and earnest feelings of the heart of piety at all times, and in all circumstances, in regard to God. The above extracts will give a fine illustration of this passage. When he harped upon his woes his heart melted into water and was poured out upon itself. 42:1). Why does a hart “pant” at the bank of … My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? Ew. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Salt meats, but healthful to the soul. His enemies reproach him, Psalm 42:10. Animal. Psalm 42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. It is a sweet bitterness. It ignites the wish behind every birthday candle ceremony. He who loves the Lord loves also the assemblies wherein his name is adored. Far away from such goodly company the holy man pictures the sacred scene and dwells upon the details of the pious march. hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. The next best thing to living in the light of the Lord's love is to be unhappy till we have it, and to pant hourly after it - hourly, did I say? According to The Zondervan Pictoral Bible Dictionary, the “hart” of Bible times was “similar to the American elk but somewhat smaller.” Harts are stags or male deer whereas hinds are female deer. Gently proceeding with holy ease, in comely procession, with frequent strains of song, he and the people of Jehovah had marched in reverent ranks up to the shrine of sacrifice, the dear abode of peace and holiness. and why art thou disquieted in me? "My soul." "For the living God." How changed his present place! Alas, how many appear before the minister, or their fellow men, and think that enough! (c) Aristot. Hist. Shimei may here be alluded to who after this fashion mocked David as he fled from Absalom. Nothing could more beautifully or appropriately describe the earnest longing of a soul after God, in the circumstances of the psalmist, than this image. "My tears have been my meat day and night." Dr. Thomson (Land and the Book, vol. l. 4. c. 11. "With the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday." Because he lives, and gives to men the living water; therefore we, with greater eagerness, desire him. Pentaglott. As the big tears stand in the stag's eyes in her distress, so did the salt drops glitter in the eyes of David. This course of thought is repeated with some variety of detail, but closing with the same refrain. The word rendered hart - איל 'ayâl - means commonly a stag, hart, male deer: Deuteronomy 12:15; Deuteronomy 14:5; Isaiah 35:6. I wrote the first verse and the chorus of a song, pretty much straight through. "When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me." It is the idea of looking for, longing for, desiring, that is expressed there. Colossians 68. so Kimchi. Painful reflections were awakened by the memory of past joys; he had mingled in the pious throng, their numbers had helped to give him exhilaration and to awaken holy delight, their company had been a charm to him as with them he ascended the hill of Zion. "My tears have been my meat day and night." Giro him his God and he is as content as the poor deer which at length slakes its thirst and is perfectly happy; but deny him his Lord, and his heart heaves, his bosom palpitates, his whole frame is convulsed, like one who gasps for breath, or pants with long running. The writer, perhaps one of this Levitical family of singers accompanying David in exile, mourns his absence from the sanctuary, a cause of grief aggravated by the taunts of enemies, and is comforted in hopes of relief. (e) Sept. & Symmachus apud Drusium. Surely they might have left the mourner alone; he could weep no more than he did - it was a supererogation of malice to pump more tears from a heart which already overflowed. He roundly asserted that David was a bloody man, and that God was punishing him for supplanting Saul and his house; his wish was father to his thought. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. This course of thought is repeated with some variety of detail, but closing with the same refrain. God hidden, and foes raging, a pair of evils enough to bring down the stoutest heart! The following engraving will help us more to appreciate the comparison employed by the psalmist. i., p. 253) says, "I have seen large flocks of these panting harts gather round the water-brooks in the great deserts of Central Syria, so subdued by thirst that you could approach quite near them before they fled." thirst is a perpetual appetite, and not to be forgotten, and even thus continual is the heart's longing after God. 3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? Neither the idea of panting nor braying seems to be in the original word. Glory be to God, they lie in their throats, for our God is in the heavens, ay, and in the furnace too, succouring his people. Deer have very few sweat glands, which we use to exchange heat, panting is their mechanism, place of the cooling more sweat glands offer. David was never so much at home as in the house of the Lord; he was not content with private worship; he did not forsake the place where saints assemble, as the manner of some is. "While they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?" 418, 447), though rather scarce. The prisoner's treadwheel might sooner land him in the skies than mere inward questioning raise us nearer to consolation. As after a long drought the poor fainting hind longs for the streams, or rather as the hunted hart instinctively seeks after the river to lave its smoking flanks and to escape the dogs, even so my weary, persecuted soul pants after the Lord my God. 'As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.' As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. What are gold, honour, pleasure, but dead idols? To have the breast heaving, as in short respiration or want of breath. And this thirst is increased, partly by its dwelling in desert and dry places, to which it retireth for fear of men and wild beasts; and partly by its long and violent running, when it is pursued by the hunters; and some add, by eating of serpents. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: 'When shall I come and appear before God?' "As the hart panteth after the waterbrooks, so panteth my soul after thee, 0 God." Which is more than hungering; hunger you can palliate, but thirst is awful, insatiable, clamorous, deadly. (a) As a treasure to be kept by them, who were of the number of the Levites. From the Book: 100 EZ Praise & Worship Favorites AS THE DEER (KEY OF C) C G. AS THE DEER PANTETH. So sensible am I of want; so much does my soul need something that can satisfy its desires. These are so timid, so gentle, so delicate in their structure, so much the natural objects of love and compassion, that our feelings are drawn toward them as to all other animals in similar circumstances. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." When a man comes to tears, constant tears, plenteous tears, tears that fill his cup and trencher, he is in earnest indeed. It is a sweet bitterness. א לַמְנַצֵּחַ, מַשְׂכִּיל לִבְנֵי-קֹרַח. As the big tears stand in the stag's eyes in her distress, so did the salt drops glitter in the eyes of David. This was at first applied to the case of one who was cut off from the privileges of public worship, and who was driven into exile far from the place where he had been accustomed to unite with others in that service Psalm 42:4; but it will also express the deep and earnest feelings of the heart of piety at all times, and in all circumstances, in regard to God. Nothing could more beautifully or appropriately describe the earnest longing of a soul after God, in the circumstances of the psalmist, than this image. As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God. In the Old Testament we learn that the hart moved from pasture to pasture for food When we hear those famous opening lines, it is important to notice that David does not only thirst for a feeling or some sort of emotional comfort. panteth—desires in a state of exhaustion. Gently proceeding with holy ease, in comely procession, with frequent strains of song, he and the people of Jehovah had marched in reverent ranks up to the shrine of sacrifice, the dear abode of peace and holiness. When he harped upon his woes his heart melted into water and was poured out upon itself. After his God, his Elohim (his God to be worshipped, who had entered into covenant with him), he pined even as the drooping flowers for the dew, or the moaning turtle for her mate. Thus pursued, spent, and nearly ready to give up the ghost, the psalmist pants for God, for the living God! Harts are stags or male deer whereas hinds are female deer. Understand the meaning of Psalms 42:1 using all available Bible versions and commentary. Yet why let reflections so gloomy engross us, since the result is of no value: merely to turn the soul on itself, to empty it from itself into itself is useless, how much better to pour out the heart before the Lord! ; for the priests in white linen, soldiers in garments of war; for the song, the sneer of blasphemy; for the festivity, lamentation; for joy in the Lord, a mournful dirge over his absence. My tears have been my meat day ... As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. You alone are my heart's desire," All the best, ~ LadyD P.S. 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. A dead God is a mere mockery; we loathe such a monstrous deity; but the ever-living God, the perennial fountain of life and light and love, is our soul's desire.