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Why
Pastor Steve
Psalms 42:0 - 43:0
May 27, 2018

I encourage you to open your Bibles to the Book of Psalms. We will be in psalm, 42 and 43 today. As we begin a series on the psalms of the sons of Korah well, they'll begin at verse at psalm, 42 and 443. You may ask: why did I choose to start a series in the book of songs because asking why is embedded in our DNA? I actually have a good reason for why we're going to Psalms it's because of stuff laid out in my doctoral work. But the question: why is intriguing, we've learned to ask the question why, from early on little kids, ask why you've heard and endured the conversation dad? Can I have some candy before bed? No? Why? Because I told you you can't why? Because candy has a lot of sugar in it. Why? Because that's what makes it taste good, but why is it bad for me before bedtime because to get you all wired up and you won't go to sleep? Why does that matter? Because I don't want to have to put up with you for the next two, why go ask your mom kids! Do it because they want to learn stuff and if you're good, at responding to the. Why perhaps you say? What do you think is a good reason for this and they learn some discussion and critical thinking and as we get older, our wives become more serious. Your son has cancer. Why? Why he's a good kid, your granddaughter needs brain surgery? Why? What did she do? Why and we can look in the mirror and be very frustrated with ourselves, because we're asking questions which we know they're they're, really unanswerable. But we long for the answer and we have the opportunity to travel down a path of despair that the unanswered questions of life. But then we come to Scripture and we find out that many of our biblical heroes got stuck with the. Why questions as well in psalm 42 and 43, the sons of Korah who asked 10 questions in 60 and in 16 verses the? Why questions of life? The unanswered questions of life, these Psalms and if you'll notice carefully, the Psalm 43 does not have a heading and you'll notice as we get through these two texts this morning that there are dramatic similarities between psalm, 42 and 43, which is why we're treating them as Though they are one psalm and they are referred to at the heading of psalm 42 as a mass kill, it's not a lement. A lament is when you spend a lot of time, lamenting the fact that you have unanswered questions, but this is a messy l --, which is a teaching song. A didactic poem designed to teach us spiritual truths, asked the worship team this morning to to sing as the deer panteth for the water in two different ways, one as though it was a lament the psalm coming out, as I'm so depressed as the deer panteth for Or as a lesson as the deer Penta for the water, so my soul, longeth after you, you alone, are my heart's desire, and I long to worship you. The difference is that you read psalm 42 and 43 from the perspective of depression and you leave with a different impression. So we're gon na read those songs now from the perspective of one who is seeking to teach us to worship God, when the unanswered questions of life come our way, we read these Psalms for a lesson in how to worship follow along with me, psalm 42. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God, my soul, thirsts for God for the Living God. When shall I come and appear before God, my tears have been my food day and night while they said to me all the day. Long, where is your God, these things that I remember as I pour out my soul, how I would go with the throng and lead them in the procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival? Why you cast down O my soul? Why are you in turmoil within me hope, and God, for I shall again praised him, my salvation and my God, my soul is cast down within me. Therefore, I remember you, from the land of Jordan and of Hermon from mountain Mizar, deep caused a deep at the roar of your waterfalls. All your breakers. Your waves have gone over me by day. The Lord commands this his steadfast love and at night his song is with me a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my rock: why have you forgotten me when I go morning when do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy as with a deadly wound on my knees and the adversaries taunt me while they say to me all day long? Where is your God? Why are you cast down O my soul? Why are you in turmoil within me, hoping God, for? I shall again praise him. My salvation and my God vindicate me, O God defend my case against an ungodly people from the deceitful and unjust man. Deliver me, for you are the God in whom I take refuge. Have why have you forgive me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy, send out your light and your truth? Let them lead me, let them bring me to your holy hill to your dwelling, then I will go to the altar of God. To my God, my exceeding joy - and I will praise you with with the lyre. Oh, my God, my God, why are you cast down O my soul? Why are you in turmoil within me hope, and God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my god, this is the word of the Lord. This mass keel, this didactic teaching Psalm, teaches us truths through the bewilderment of unanswered questions. Three times the sons of korah ask: why are you cast down all my soul? Why are you in turmoil within me and out of these questions? They lead us to worship. The psalm opens as the deer pants for flowing streams, my soul pants for you, oh my god, my soul, thirsts for God for the Living God. When shall I come and appear before, God, tears have been my food day and night. Others taught me: where is your God? The sons of korah conclude that the question taunting them serves as an impetus for worship for the believer. The unanswered questions of life can lead us to worship. If we let them the unanswered questions, help us thirst. For God, a thirst for God that causes us to run and to pant to search for God to keep up with whatever it takes to just see God. I read about a young boy who had misbehaved as young boys are want to do and he was sent to bed by his mother and just five minutes later. He cried out to his mom mom. I'M thirsty. Can you bring me a drink of water? No go to sleep five minutes later, the kids still thirsty, so he cries out to mom. Can I have a drink of water? No go to sleep, five minutes later the same question and she her responses. I told you no and if you ask again, I'm gon na come in there and spank you, but that didn't solve his thirst problem. So five minutes later he says mom. What, when you come in to spank me, would you bring me a glass of water as the deer pants for flowing streams, so my soul, pants for you, O God, I will endure anything just to quench, my for God. The unanswered questions of life help us thirst for God. Therefore, I suggest we not be afraid to ask those questions. There is no shame in asking questions with Scripture itself asks don't be afraid to allow those questions to leave your soul panting for a taste of God. Worship which doesn't connect you to God does not satisfy. We don't come to church to hear the best music. We don't come to church to hear a silver-tongued orator. We come to church to see God, I'm guessing that the people that are doing slides are really messed up. I have my notes. Out of order. We come to church to see God, you know dear, is capable of running at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. They can do it for a long time and they can leap obstacles almost 10 feet tall. They cover as much as 30 feet in a single jump, but after doing that they need some water, they search for a flowing stream. Although I lived in northern was constantly, I got to see a lot of deer. Some of them became my meat. I actually have a lot more experience with dogs than with deer, not killing them, I'm not making a mess. Sorry about. I have a lot more experience watching my dog run until she's just too tired and watching my dog pant I be I mentioned. The effect is the same: a little Sophie after being run around the yard by the grandkids comes in with tongue. Hang all right: okay, you're! You can see your heart pounding, short, breathing, hard and fast from exertion, exhaustion and excitement, and sometimes so loud. You just want to go outside and run some more see. She makes her way over to that bowl of water and a craving a longer a hunger or thirst, a desire for something to let her slow down and relax. Then she plops down in her bed. Where is your God when I asked the unanswered questions of life? I just want to see God. I want to experience afresh the forgiveness that I experience upon my first expression of faith. No longer I go without some experience of the presence of God, the more I thirst for the Living God. When will I come and appear before, God? How will I have a thirst for the Living God? So I come to church. The gathering, together of believers, be not because I know that we're gon na have the best music. We have good music and I appreciate so much those who bring it to us, not because I know that the creature is gon na, be a great preacher because he's just average. I come because I want to see God we see him in your eyes. Well, I have this prayer that you see him in my eyes that when we sing we've experienced God in our midst, my soul, thirsts and longs for the Living God - and I suggest we are more likely to see him when we've asked those unanswered questions and arrived With a longing in our hearts to see God for he's here, don't get distracted by the things that don't matter when the 12 spies went into Canaan, they all saw the same things: a land flowing with milk and honey, large cities and large people, and they all Had a choice, ten chose to focus on the challenges and unanswered questions about entering the promised land and to chose God as the answer to the challenges ahead. The unanswered questions of life can drive us away from God, or they can drive us to thirst for him to resent him or run towards him. The sons of korah teach us to respond to the unanswered questions of life, with a renewed thirst for the Living God. The second lesson from this Psalm is that the unanswered questions of life also help us. Remember God, look at verse 4. These things, I remember, as I pour out my heart, how I would go to the throng and leave them in the possession of the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. These things, I remember the unanswered questions of life. Most often arise in times of discouragement and despair when things aren't going well the times when we were feeling so very far away from God out of touch and forgotten the sons of korah mentioned in verse, 9 that in verse 9. Why have you forgotten me? You can hardly make it through life without coming to a point at some place where you say: where was God when that happened? Why have you forgotten me and the sons of korah teach us at those moments to say? But I remember, I remember those glorious times of corporate worship when I would go with the throng, when I would lead them in the possession to the house of God when they were glad shouts. When I sang songs of praise and in chapter 43, verses, 3 and 4, they remembered their past experiences and longed again for them send out your light and your truth. Let them lead me, let them bring me to your holy hill to your dwelling, then I will go to the altar of God. To my God, my exceeding joy - and I will praise you with a lyre or God, my God. Sometimes people foe poke fun at those who remember the good old days. The older I get the more likely it is. I'M gon na repeat the stories of the old good old days, and I my kids, will probably poke fun and say: yeah. We'Ve heard that story over and over again dad yeah yeah yeah, but there are times in everyone's life when we need the good old days of vibrant personal worship to remind us of why we worship and why we thirst for God, because the promise exists. That will happen again. The unanswered questions of life help us remember that God is good all the time they remind us that God is with us, even when we feel alone, they remind us to return to him when facing the unanswered questions of life. It'S easy to allow our souls to be cast down and when that happens, the psalm teaches us to remember God, verse 6. My soul is cast down within me. Therefore, I remember you hear the sons of korah give advice to our aching hearts when you are discouraged. Remember God like look at the progression in chapter 42, verse, 9, 10 and 11, and I suggest you be careful to read to the end of verse: 11. Verse. 9. I say to my God, my rock. Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy, as with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me while they say to me all day long? Where is your God? Why are you cast down O my soul? Why are you in turmoil within me? This is a picture of someone in the throes of depression and self-absorption. Why has God forgotten me? Where is God it's a picture of someone who knows that they are depressed but isn't really sure why he asks himself? Why are you cast down on my soul? Why are you in turmoil within me in the Melancholy of everyday life? I'M really not happy, maybe not depressed, but I'm certainly not enjoying life. These unanswered questions. Why have you forgotten me? Where is my god? Why is my soul cast down? Why is my life in turmoil? These questions hang in the air. They give us an opportunity to be stuck to be stuck there and in despair or to move on to the response taught by the sons of korah. We dare not stop in the middle of verse. 11. We don't stop at the unanswered questions. Continue on is a cunt sons of korah, say hope in God, for I shall again praise him. My salvation and my god, the unanswered questions of life caused us to thirst. For God, to remember God and ultimately to hope in God - and this is the important lesson - this is the teaching moment of psalm 42 and 43. This is what we take home from this didactic teaching song. They repeat it three different times: verse, chapter 42, verse, 5, hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation in my God, chapter 42, verse, 11, hope and God fillet shall again praise Him, my salvation in my god and in 43, 5, hoping God for. I shall again praise him and my salvation and my god, by the way, kids, if you will memorize three verses of Scripture here, it is fruit. Verse is the exact same thing. You can go home and say I memorize three verses of Scripture today. Hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my god, we simply cannot live without hope. Have you heard of resignation syndrome? It is this bizarre syndrome found primarily and maybe exclusively in Sweden, and it occurred 60 times last year. Sweden is one of the most open countries for refugees, particularly from the former Soviet Union and and Families come into Sweden seeking political asylum and and there's a waiting period. A couple years long and at the end of this waiting period, when families are told they are have not been awarded refugee status. These refugee children, typically from the age of 8 to 15, suffer from what is called resignation syndrome. They receive notice that they're going to be sent back and they just shut down, they go to bed and they don't wake up. The doctors can't figure out what it is they move into this coma-like State they lose all will to live, they don't die, there's nothing physically wrong with them. They simply have no hope and then eventually the families might get refugee status. As a matter of fact is one of the ways you can get refugee strata status is if your kid goes into resignation syndrome, but the process to get them out of that can take five years with a kid who just is fed intravenously and doesn't respond to Anything because they simply cannot live without hope. Kids in the United States react differently. I would suggest all too often in the United States, those without hope resort to violence and mass shootings. There'S no hope. The unanswered questions of life move many to depression, discouragement and despair. Ultimately, destroying themselves and oftentimes others, but for those walking with Christ, the unanswered questions of life lead us to hope, health and our Heavenly Father hope in God, for I shall again praise him. My salvation and my god, Christian Hope is an anchor of our souls. It stabilizes us during difficult season because we know this is not how our story ends. It is rooted in our belief and our trust in a personal God. His salvation and eternity true hope is based on obedience, not optimism. It is based on his faithfulness, not our feelings. It is based on his assurance, not our abilities, his promises, not our potential true hope, is the assurance from scriptures, accompanied by the spirit and accomplished in the Savior. Why are you cast down O my soul? I will, I will hope in God the Psalms repeats I will hope in God it doesn't mean that he understands everything, but he affirms his faith that God is in control. Some read this Psalm and they see the sons of korah wrestling with depression, discouragement and despair, and it could be - and the psalm shows us how they walk through this depression, discouragement and despair. But the psalm itself says it's: a teaching psalm meant to give us a pathway to go to hell when we are experiencing depression and discouragement and despair. It'S a lesson about worship, it's a lesson about thirsting for the Living God as the deer pants for living waters. So my soul, pants for you when you are asking why and you can't come up with an answer first for God and worship Him when you face the unanswered questions of life. Remember God and worship Him when you face the unanswered questions of life. Hope in God, come worship Him because hope always ends in praise. Verse. 5. Verse. 11. Chapter 43, verse. 5. You will ask one of those unanswerable questions about life. It'S going to hit you sometime when you least expect it you're going to say why and the psalmist says so. You'Ll come to worship, let's pray, father. I asked helped us to recognize the unanswered questions of life are a tool where we can get to know you better and can worship you amen. That alarm is my alarm: [ Laughter ] using a new timer. So nobody else is guilty, but me now have a great Memorial Day weekend. Thank someone whose family member served to preserve your freedom, spend some time with family and spend some time thirsting for the Living. God grace be with you all: [ Music, ], [, Music ]. You