Book 2: Searching In Psalms Thirsting For Fellowship With God Psalm 42:1-2

Text: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.”

Psalm 42:1.

          “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

Isaiah 55:6-7.

Good morning, soul-thirsty Christian!  Like the author of these words, you are blessed with a soul that is constantly thirsty for sweet fellowship with the Living Lord God.  Being made thus thirsty, you are consistently and continually found reading and studying the Word of God contained in our KJV Bible, as the Lord commands us to do.  The Spiritual thirst you and I have is a blessed gift from the Lord God, for He knows how vitally important it is for all of His children to keep close in fellowship with Him.  Praise God for soul-thirsty Christians!

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  (2 Timothy 2:15)

Subject: It is the cry of a man far removed from the outward ordinances and worship of God, sighing for the long-loved house of his God; and at the same time, it is the voice of a Spiritual believer, under depressions, longing for the renewal of the Divine Presence, struggling with doubts and fears, but yet holding his ground by faith in the Living God.” (C.H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, page 202)

“And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.  And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord...”  (Jeremiah 29:13-14)

Verse 1.  “As the hart (deer) panteth after the water books, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.  Debarred from public worship, David was heartsick.  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.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 202)

Spurgeon, ‘the prince of preachers’, portrays David as the author of Psalm 42, and envisages him on the run, with King Saul pursuing hard after him, and forced to hide in caves and lonely desert places, far from the Temple of Jerusalem and thus barred from public worship of the Lord God Jehovah.  His heart and very soul thirsts hard for the Lord’s Presence.

Now, take this situation into the present day and gaze with Spiritual eyes upon the sound, born again believer, smitten in latter life perhaps with illness, feebleness, or severe disabilities; lying in ‘shut-in’ circumstances, or a bed of sickness; constantly longing for sweet fellowship and communion with others of ‘...like precious faith...’ in Christ Jesus.  This thirsting of the regenerate soul is just the same as David’s was at the time he penned this great Psalm.

Do YOU have a ‘shut-in’ Christian acquaintance you might visit and share fellowship with today?  If so, go swiftly to their side and bring them sweet water from the Word.

Yet, the primary thirst that the Psalmist is here manifesting in verse one of Psalm 42, is for close fellowship with the Lord God Himself.  We can go without fellowship with other sound believers, but we cannot survive Spiritually without close fellowship with our Saviour Lord God and Friend – Jesus the risen Christ.

“I am the Vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.  If a man/woman abideth not in Me (Jesus Christ), he/she is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”  (John 15:5-7)

“Give him/her his God and he/she is content as the poor deer, which at length slakes its thirst and is perfectly happy; but deny him/her his Lord, and his/her heart heaves, his bosom palpitates; his whole frame is convulsed, like one who gasps for breath or pants with long-running.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 202)

It is God’s Presence that makes the feast; nothing else will satisfy the born-again soul!

“Thou wilt show me the path life: in Thy Presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”  (Psalm 16:11)

Verse 2.  “My soul thirsteth for God. See that your heart rest not short of Christ in any duty.  Let go your hold of no duty until you find something of Christ in it; and until you get not only an handful, but an armful (with old Simeon, Luke 2:28); yea, a heartful of the blessed and beautiful babe of Bethlehem therein.  Indeed, you should have commerce with Heaven, and communion with Christ in duty, which is therefore called the Presence of God, or your appearing before Him.

“Augustine said he loved not Tully’s elegant orations (as formerly) because he could not find Christ in them: nor doth a gracious soul love empty duty.  Rhetorical flowers and flourishes, expressions without impressions in praying or preaching, are not true bread, but a tinkling cymbal to it.”  (Christopher Ness’s ‘Chrystal Mirror’ 1621-1705)

When the altogether lovely Christ Jesus saves our never-dying souls, He spoils us for deep and real and lasting pleasure in any other aspect of our former lives.  Our very souls, which He has redeemed by His own precious Blood shed for us at the cruel Cross of Calvary, cry out for close fellowship with Him and the opportunity to worship His Holy Name.

Verse 2. “...For the Living God. 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.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 203) Hallelujah!  Jesus Lives!

Thought: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”  (The Lord Jesus Christ, in Matthew 5:6) Only Christ can satisfy the saved soul.

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Searching In the Psalms

Book 2 


By


Dr C.K. McClinton

BA (Hons); M.A.; Ph.D.; D.Litt.


Simple Bible-based expositions from the Book of Psalms for the encouragement, direction and admonition of true Christian believers - reintroducing Spurgeon’s ‘Treasury of David’ (T.O.D.) into the teachings of the 21st Century Church.

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John’s Journey in the Gospel John 21:24-25

Text:  “This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.”

John 21:24.

          “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

1 John 1:3.

Good morning, Gospel-believing Christian!  The Lord God gave His Word to Christ’s disciples by His own mouth, and, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they made a number of written records.  

The disciples faithfully recorded God’s Word for us, especially focusing on the four Gospel accounts given.  John’s Gospel is the account that John wrote of the ’good news’ that Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, has indeed come; walked among us for thirty-three and a half years; was rejected by the Jewish nation; crucified on a cruel Roman Cross; suffered unto death; was placed in a tomb - yet arose again from the dead and now lives forever.  This Gospel truth we solemnly believe (trust) and by trusting in God’s truth, we are graciously saved.  Praise God.  Amen.  (John 14:6)

John’s Eye-witness Account:  John’s first epistle general, his letter written to all Christians of his time, was written in Ephesus about 85-90 AD.  The theme of John’s first letter is the need to maintain true fellowship with God.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us (regenerate Christians); and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”      (1 John 1:3)

The disciple, John, was singularly focused on his mission for Christ - to make sure that his eye-witness account of the good news of Messiah’s coming - to suffer and die for our sins - would be faithfully recorded for posterity.  Salvation in Christ Jesus, God’s Son, is the only true way of Salvation from sin and for Eternity.  John was trying to make certain that we had the Gospel account of Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross written down, as he had personally experienced the wondrous event.  Praise God he succeeded in his mission.

“Neither is there Salvation in any other; for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12)

John’s Tangible Evidence:  The facts of this great Salvation story was not some tale that John had been told; or something his father had passed down to him as a national tradition. No!  John had not only personally seen the first coming of Christ Jesus, but he had indeed walked the highways and bye-ways in close fellowship with Him; had actually looked upon Him; and touched Him with his own bare hands.  John’s experience of Christ Jesus was very real.

“That (Christ Jesus) which was from the beginning, which we (the apostles) have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; for the life was manifested (revealed), and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that Eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.“ (1 John 1:1-2)

The author of John’s Gospel had experienced tangible evidence of Christ Jesus in all His Divine wonder - and therefore, we can fully believe his irrefutable Gospel account.

John’s Personal Experience:  Not only had the apostle John physically seen with his own human eyes, and touched with his own actual hands the God-sent Salvation that was Christ Jesus; he had also a full and very real experience of receiving Eternal life through the Christ who had personally invited him and his brother James, and Peter and his brother Andrew, to ‘Come, and be a fishers of men…’.

“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers.  And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men…And going on from thence, He saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.  And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him.”  (Matthew 4:18-22)

John’s experience of following Jesus, in newness of Eternal life, was both a real and very personal calling.  We can fully believe his first-hand Gospel account.

John’s Precise Conclusion:  The concluding words of John‘s Gospel account not only assures us of the miraculous nature of Christ’s ministry on earth, but clearly reflects how precise, to the point, devoid of flowery details, is the Spiritually-inspired content of the four Gospel records. 

The Spirit of God only dealt with the precise facts necessary to enlighten us to the truth of Salvation in Christ Jesus alone.  God the Spirit did not, for example, go into all the terrible and gory details of what Christ’s Crucifixion entailed.  He merely inspired the writers to write: “…they Crucified Him…”; “And they Crucified Him…”; “…And when they had Crucified Him…”; “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they Crucified Him…” (John 19:18) (Matthew 27:35) (Mark 15:24) (Luke 23:33)

Thought:  We need to know nothing else but Christ, and Him Crucified for us!  Knowing this Gospel truth, and receiving it by God-given faith - we are Eternally saved.

To the Greater Glory of the Risen Christ Jesus.

Dr Cornelius Kenneth McClinton, BA (Hons); M.A.; Ph.D.; D. Litt

Ulster Christians Ministry   www.ulsterchristians.org   

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