Psalm 42:8 - Songs in the Night.

Psalm 42:8 (NKJV) The LORD will command His 
lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song 
shall be with me - A prayer to the God of my life. 

Psalm 42:8 (CEV) Every day, you are kind, 
and at night you give me a song as my prayer to 
you, the living Lord God. 


   Psalms 42-43 The refrain "Why are you 
cast down, O my soul?" ties these two psalms 
together (42:5, 11; 43:5). Why was the writer so 
   For one thing, God seemed far from him in 
his hour of need (42:1-3). He felt like a 
thirsty deer in the desert, searching for water. But 
the Lord is never far away; He is near even when 
you do not recognize Him (Isa. 41:10; Heb. 13:5; 
Ps. 48:7). 
   The writer's depression was aggravated 
because he looked back at "the good old days" 
(42:4-6). He longed to return to Jerusalem and 
minister in the temple. Sometimes retirement or a 
change of residence will make people depressed. The 
older we get, the less we enjoy change. 
   The discouraging talk of others was a 
third contributing factor (42:3, 9-10): Has God 
forgotten you? Where is your God? The answer is in 
Psalm 115. Listen to God and not to the foolish 
talk of men. 
   What should you do when depression starts 
to control you? "Hope In God" (42:5, 11; 43:5). 
Look at the future and not at the past. If you 
feel drowned by circumstances, keep in mind that 
they are His waves and billows (42:7), and He 
knows what is best for you. Stop feeding on your 
feelings (42:3) and start feeding on His Word (43:3). 
God will guard you and guide you, no matter how 
miserable you may feel. God is greater than your 
feelings. Walk by faith and He will see you through. 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 

How We Live " Overcoming Doubt
   The writer of this psalm was feeling low. 
He wondered, Where are you, God? Have you 
forgotten me? Yet somehow he was able to remember what 
God had done for him, and somehow he was able to 
praise God in the dark times.  
   We all face times of discouragement, 
times when we wonder if God is really there. Some 
of us even face extended periods of depression. 
When you feel yourself slipping into the zone of 
doubt, one antidote is praise - remembering God's 
goodness to you. Read the Bible to recall what God 
has done for others in the past. If you have 
kept a journal of your Christian walk, review 
your own personal record of God's answered prayer 
in your life.  
   Just as a deer depends upon water for 
life, so we believers depend upon God for 
spiritual life. When you begin to feel separated from 
God or wonder if he cares about your situation, 
take advantage of the psalmist's 
"antidepressant": praise. Think about how much God blesses you 
and takes care of you day by day. Dwell upon his 
goodness and mercy. You'll be amazed by what happens 
when you start praising instead of doubting. [The 
One Year Bible for New Believers] 


   There's nothing like the songs of the 
faith to help us live beyond the grind. Why else 
would God have inspired those age-old 
compositions? Surely, He realized the lasting value of 
each musical masterpiece and therefore preserved 
them to help us persevere. They drip with the oil 
of glory that enables us to live beyond the 
   Who hasn't been comforted, when 
frightened and alone, by the reminder that "The LORD is 
my shepherd, I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1)? 
   Who hasn't gained fresh courage from "The 
LORD is my light and my salvation - so why should 
I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1)? 
   Who hasn't felt strangled by the grip of 
guilt only to find soothing relief from "Have 
mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing 
love. Because of your great compassion, blot out 
the stain of my sins  Wash me, and I will be 
whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:1, 7)? Encouraging 
   And for those days when we feel 
forgotten, overlooked, shoved aside, there is strength 
in "Those who live in the shelter of the Most 
High will find rest in the shadow of the 
Almighty" (Psalm 91:1). 
   And, again, no one can measure the oil 
that flows through "He has removed our sins as 
far from us as the east is from the west ... For 
He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are 
only dust" (Psalm 103:12, 14). Great and glorious 
   Few people have appreciated the uplift of 
a song like David, who exclaimed: 
   Each day the LORD pours his unfailing 
love upon me, and through each night I sing his 
songs, praying to God who gives me life. Psalm 
   God's Book is full of such songs; 150 of 
them. Songs of victory, affirmation, and 
encouragement  songs of confidence-giving strength, of 
hope to go on, of quiet compassion. Let's sing 
them frequently and allow their time-tested 
lyrics to oil our day especially in this season of 
celebration. By doing so, we'll live beyond the grind. 
[Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.] 

   Have you ever been awakened in the middle 
of the night and had a Christian song or a 
worship chorus going through your mind? If so, then 
that tells me you are laying up the things of God 
in your heart. Instead of waking up with the 
latest pop music in your head, you are thinking of 
a Christian song or maybe a Scripture verse. 
That is a song in the night God has given you. 
   When Paul and Silas were thrown into 
prison in Philippi, Acts 16 tells us that "at 
midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing 
hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to 
them' (verse 25). 
   The word listening used here is 
significant. In the original language, it means to listen 
very, very carefully. Another way to translate it 
is they listened with pleasure. There are 
some things that aren't a pleasure to listen to - 
they are painful, like fingernails on a 
chalkboard. But this was pleasurable, like when your 
favorite song comes on the radio and you turn it up. 
Oh, I love this song! This is a great song! That 
is how the prisoners were listening. 
   I doubt they had ever heard anyone sing 
in that dungeon before. And I think the simple 
fact that they were singing at all in such a 
place was a powerful testimony. It was a platform 
for evangelism. You see, you can talk about 
trusting God in adversity, but when someone sees it 
in action in your life, there is an undeniable 
authenticity. It is a powerful witness. Worship can be a 
powerful tool for a nonbeliever to be exposed to. 
   When you are in pain, the midnight hour 
is not the easiest time for a worship service. 
But God can give you songs in the night. And 
never doubt it: people will be listening. [Every 
Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie] 


Psalm 42 (Lyric Video)

Psalm 42 Song - As the Deer

Psalm Songs - The Psalms Put to Music



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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