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Psalm 43

Prayer to God in Time of Trouble

1

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause

against an ungodly people;

from those who are deceitful and unjust

deliver me!

2

For you are the God in whom I take refuge;

why have you cast me off?

Why must I walk about mournfully

because of the oppression of the enemy?

 

3

O send out your light and your truth;

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy hill

and to your dwelling.

4

Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God my exceeding joy;

and I will praise you with the harp,

O God, my God.

 

5

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.


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Ps 43:1-5. Excepting the recurrence of the refrain, there is no good reason to suppose this a part of the preceding, though the scope is the same. It has always been placed separate.

1. Judge—or, "vindicate" (Ps 10:18).

plead, &c.—(Ps 35:1).

ungodly—neither in character or condition objects of God's favor (compare Ps 4:3).

2. God of my strength—by covenant relation my stronghold (Ps 18:1).

cast me off—in scorn.

because—or, "in," that is, in such circumstances of oppression.

3. light—as in Ps 27:1.

truth—or, "faithfulness" (Ps 25:5), manifest it by fulfilling promises. Light and truth are personified as messengers who will bring him to the privileged place of worship.

tabernacles—plural, in allusion to the various courts.

4. the altar—as the chief place of worship. The mention of the harp suggests the prominence of praise in his offering.




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