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1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Commentary for Psalms 43

David endeavours to still his spirit, with hope and confidence in God.

- As to the quarrel God had with David for sin, he prays, Enter not into judgment with me, if Thou doest so I shall be condemned; but as to the quarrel his enemies had with him, he prays, Lord, judge me, and in thy providence appear on my behalf. If we cannot comfort ourselves in God, we may stay ourselves upon him, and may have spiritual supports, when we want spiritual delights. He never cast off any that trusted in him, whatever fears they may have had of their own state. We need desire no more to make us happy, than the good that flow from God's favour, and is included in his promise. Those whom God leads, he leads to his holy hill; those, therefore, who pretend to be led by the Spirit, and yet turn their backs upon ordinance, deceive themselves. We are still to pray for the Spirit of light and truth, who supplies the want of Christ's bodily presence, to guide us in the way to heaven. Whatever we rejoice or triumph in, the Lord must be the joy of it. David applies to God as his never-failing hope. Let us pray earnestly, that the Lord would send forth the truth of his word, and the light of his Spirit, to guide us into the way of holiness, peace, and salvation. The desire of the Christian, like that of the prophet in distress, is to be saved from sin as well as sorrow; to be taught in the way of righteousness by the light of heavenly wisdom, shining in Jesus Christ, and to be led by this light and truth to the New Jerusalem.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 43

  • Shiloh
    I have stray so far away from God because of disobedient and rebellious. I'm Praying and hoping I can return back to his feet and on fire for God once more. God has done so much for my life words cannot explain I daily thank him for his grace, love and mercy even though a sinful person like me doesn't deserve it
  • Mary Amoo
    No matter how much the tempest, the torment of the enemy is maybe, God is ever there to plead the our cause and vindicate us. Be encouraged to in the power of the of God's grace strength.
  • Sharon
    God WILL keep you in your distress.
  • Rose
    When your enemies oppress you just trust in God and he Will see you through.
  • Diane booth
    may 2015 I was driving my grandson from the group home he is deaf and as i was driving home 3 quarters of the away from my home I had a stroke while it still makes me nervous to talk about it but all i could say was Lord help me if I pull over I dont think I could start back a little blue car which must have been one of Gods angels guided me the rest of the way home always trust God
  • Sandy
    After a lifetime of abuse and degradation, I have had very little faith in human relationships except for my children. Finally God used some amazingly unusual things to heal my heart. I still, but very seldom, can be tempted to fall back to the pain of my past. And I can see myself so clearly in Psalm 43:5 I see so clearly God patiently leading me back to green pastures, and spiritual health.
  • Patricia Jenkins
    It means we should deal with the poor in a loving way. If we protect and give to God poor God will bless us.
  • Pixir
    It means even if satan has crept into the heart of man to do me evil...my God will go with my thru the fiery furnace...even if my cross seems to heavy to bear and I call on him...he is there to help me carry my cross and fight my battles for me.

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