Psalms 42-43 compose Book 2 of the Psalms; and many believe that 42 and 43 are actually a single psalm that was divided in error. The case for that claim is strengthened by the fact that the two share a couple of refrains – 42:9 and 43:2 are mostly the same, as are 42:11 and 43:5. When the two psalms are read together, they flow quite smoothly.
Psalm 42 is the basis for the hymn “As the Deer Panteth,” by Martin Nystrom. It is the song of a child of God who is separated by miles from the place where worship was done. The psalmist longs to be in the presence of God to worship and praise Him in song. It is believed that the psalm was written by David, and Psalm 42’s superscription supports that belief – at least where chapter 42 is concerned. But the circumstances and verses well fit a psalmists possible words during the Babylonian captivity. It is the timeless nature of God’s word that makes these possibilities equally credible.
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