Psalm 43

Psalm 43 is a prayer for rescue, from wicked men and an ungodly nation.

Like Psalm 42, the psalmist takes his questions and emotions to God in prayer. He addresses God as my stronghold, my protection. And in the safety of that relationship, he is able to ask “Why?”

You are God my stronghold.
Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy? (v. 2)

In the midst of his dark and oppressive circumstances, the psalmist asks God for light and truth to guide him into God’s presence where he can worship.

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. (v. 3-4)

When we are oppressed by the enemy, when we feel rejected, when all seems dark, we too need God’s light and truth.

We need light to see ourselves and our circumstances clearly, to look for God’s presence and find a path to worship.

We need truth to remind us that God is still who He says He is. No matter how dark things appear, He is still my God, my stronghold, my joy, my delight, and my Savior.

We need God’s light and truth to guide us.

And like the psalmist, we need to speak the truth to our emotions.

Emotions are like warning lights on a car’s dash: they alert you that something is wrong, but they do not give solutions.

Truth is the solution.

When all is dark, we may feel rejected. We may feel oppressed and weighted down. When our difficult circumstances do not change, we may feel hopeless.

We need to speak the truth to ourselves.

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. (v. 5)

When you are downcast and disturbed, remember the truth.

With God, hope is never lost.

Put your hope in God.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,to the one who seeks him.
Lamentations 3:25

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 7:7

Father, send your light and your truth to guide me today. I place my hope in You. I will praise You, no matter what my circumstances hold. You are my joy and my delight, my Savior and my God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Psalm 12

The godly are no more.
The faithful have vanished.
Everyone lies.

The psalmist paints a bleak picture. It is a cry for help when it seems like everyone has chosen to lie to promote their own interests. The psalmist feels alone, like the last of the faithful standing. He prays, “Help, LORD. Stop the lies.”

God responds to the psalmist’s prayer:

I hear and will arise.
I will protect the weak and needy from those who lie.
You can count on my words.

“Now I will arise,” says the LORD;
“I will set him in the safety for which he longs.” (v. 5b NASB)

And the words of the LORD are flawless,
like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times. (v. 6)

The psalmist closes with the contrasting realities of life on this broken planet:
1. The godly can count on God’s protection. (v. 7)
2. The wicked will continue to honor what is vile in God’s eyes. (v. 8)

The wicked will lie.
When lies abound, it is difficult to discern what is true.

What are we to do?

Psalm 12:6 reminds us that God’s words are true, without a hint of impurity. So when lies abound, we study God’s Word and cling to His truth. We believe in who He says He is and what He says He will do. And like the psalmist, we pray – we bring our concerns to the God who hears and responds.

Father, thank you for your Word, your flawless truth. Thank you that your words are written down so that I can read them again and again to remind myself of who you are. Thank you for the Psalms that are teaching me about you and shaping my prayers, encouraging me to bring my needs and emotions to you. Thank you, LORD, that you hear and respond to my prayers. Amen.

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