Dear Sam Ps 42

Dear Sam Ps 42 - Dear Sam I was reading the Book of Psalms...

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Dear Sam, I was reading the Book of Psalms, and I came across a particular one and thought of you. Psalm 42, “Longing for God’s Presence in the Temple”. This psalm was written by a Korahite, who is a singer in the Temple. 1 The person who wrote this is far away from the Jerusalem, especially the Temple. They are longing for God’s presence that they once experienced while in the temple during these liturgies. 2 Though we do not know for sure why this person is far from Jerusalem but we can always make a guess. Maybe during the Babylonian Exile they were taken during the first wave of capturing people and bringing them back to Babylon. While these individuals were in exile they did not have a central location to go to receive the presence of God, like they did at the temple in Jerusalem. Also, maybe they went out on journey, leaving them far off from Jerusalem. Regardless, of where they are and why they are there, they are longing for God’s presence, especially what they had previously felt. This psalm was also written
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