Day 23: Psalm 43
Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from deceitful and wicked men. You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 43 (NIV)
In this Psalm, we meet David in a place of physical danger and emotional pain. He is crying out for God to plead His case, to stand up for him, to fight for him among ungodly, deceitful, and very wicked people. In his pain, David begins to question where God is in all of the oppression and uncertainty around him. Yet, even in the midst of his emotional rawness before God, David collects himself and cries out for God to send forth His light and truth, that they might guide him to the place where God dwells.
In this desperate request, David is discovering the answer to his cries to God. David holds to the hope and assurance that if God will guide him with light and truth, he will experience again that he has not been rejected by God; rather, he has been invited to the place where God dwells even in the midst of his circumstances. David ends this Psalm with an interesting conversation with his emotions: “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” He answers his emotions with what he knows does not change with circumstances - God’s light and truth. And that leads him to this response: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Jesus came as the Light of the world and also as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It is through his guiding that we find ourselves in the place where God dwells in the midst of our circumstances. When our emotions want to question Him, we have the privilege of combating them with praise to the One who is not intimidated by what is happening around us. Our response can be as David’s: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”