Psalms Chapter 44: Part 2 Verses 9-26 [Where are you God?]

Psalms Chapter 44: Part 2 Verses 9-26 #Betrayed #Forsaken #Castdown 

(Unless otherwise cited this devotional is from the King James Version-Psalms 41 mainly because it is public domain.) But read this Psalm in the NIV for clarity of the Genre.)

Context:

The community accuses God of breaking His covenantal promise to take care of chosen people, even though they have been loyal to their Warrior King/God. Part 2 demonstrates in verses 9-26 Israel’s current status as a “defeated nation.” The psalmist cries out to God-the Warrior King-to save Israel. 

  • 9But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.
  • 10Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.

The psalmist describes how God orchestrated the defeat and humiliation of Israel-in His eyes that is!

  • 11Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen. “This description connotes that the nation was butchered, then eaten as one would eat sheep or goats.  Zech. 11 speaks about the leadership of a nation or “flock lead to slaughter.”
  • 12Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.
  • 13Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. [This verse is indicative of a lot of Christians all around the world. They are scored, shamed, and in many cases put to death for their beliefs.]
  • 14Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people. 
  • 15My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
  • 16For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

The nation of Israel is telling God that he has abandoned them. “9But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame.” Their historic victories are no more. The defeat of its armies is a fearful this for this nation. David knows that the other nations’ armies are not better than Israel’s. He blames God for deserting them.

  • 9But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies. (Judges 4:14; 1 Sam. 8:20).
  • 10Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves. [A point of reference. When they won their battles, God sent them into battle. He did not fight on their behalf when they chose to go into battle by themselves.]
  • 11Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen. According to Cayce (2018), “So God, when he is said to deliver up his people into the hands of their enemies, is said to sell them to them (see Judges 2:14). And selling them for nought suggests, that in their apprehensions he had no esteem of them and value for them. Just as men, when they have any person or thing to dispose of they have no regard unto. But choose to be rid of, will part with it for nothing: and as it follows” (Cayce 2018, Psalms 44:12).
  • 12Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price. The people are actually accusing God of being in the slave trader business.  Jeremiah 51:6-7 The Babylonians are known for their expertise in the slave trade.  It is interesting how we cannot come to terms with our own role in our demise, isn’t it?
  • A chasm has developed between the nation of Israel and God. They cannot see where their sins may be the cause for this feeling of separation. How many times have we felt a distance between us and God? When that happens, we should be searching our souls. Not like the farmer looking for the needle in the haystack, but for the person eating a bag of popcorn, but taking out the unpopped kernels before they break their teeth. It is essential that we see ourselves as causing the separation and not God. He does not abandon His children.
  • 13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.  When we commit sin, we are in a state of shock and confusion. Sin leads from one type of sin to other types of sin. Sometimes we fall into the pit of human depravity that is so dark that we make excuses for our behavior, but we are enjoying the pleasures of sin.  Jeremiah 3:25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: [WHY?] for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”
  • Unrepented sin leads to more sin. We will apologize if we think it will make us look good. But an apology without reconciliation is nothing more than an act of penance without a change of heart and behavior.
  • 14Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.  Even the heathen cannot believe how far Israel has fallen. What happens when a pastor fall because of some sort of sin? It hits the national news. Every news station is publicizing this one man’s indiscretion. Before long Christianity and holiness is called into question.

The history of every pastor who has fallen is rehearsed, and the atheists rejoice!   According to Longman (2014) “They are a byword , a negative example that is put forward so others won’t follow (a mocking song; 1 Kgs 9:7; 2 Chr. 7:20; Jer. 24:9; Ezek. 14:8; Joel 2:17). Their enemies are happy because they want revenge.”

Note how many times He used the word “Thou/You” in this section.

Previous examples of God leaving Israel to fend for themselves are found in:

  1. Josh. 7 ESVThe Defeat at Ai-caused by The Sin of Achan Verses 10-26.
  2. 1 Sam. 4 ESVThe Philistines Capture the Ark
  3. Lam. 3 ESV: The Babylonians

 

  • 17All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

In Deuteronomy 28 God made a promise to Israel that he would not desert them if they kept His covenant with them. In verse 7 He also told them what would happen to them if they didn’t. “The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.” This is not an act of vengeance on God’s part.This is Israel reaping what it has sown: just as we reap what we sow in this life. 

However, they are convinced that they have done nothing wrong.

  • 18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way; 19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

Sometimes we suffer for the rest of our lives because of the consequences of the sins even after we have been forgiven. God forgives and forgets our sins.  Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Guilt is not what He is looking for when we ask for forgiveness.

Dear God, We Are Going to Die!

The nation continues with its accusations against God. Again they repeat this phrase. The nation has forgotten that God knows about the hidden secrets in their hearts. 

  • 20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; How did they worship Him? Grudgingly? Worshipping God with a judgmental heart, or a heart and mind that is elsewhere while one is in His temple is not a worship experience that is devoted to Him. Yes, we can raise up our hands and vocally say/sing words to Him from a song, but where is our heart in this process? Where is His place in our lives?
  • 21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. Yes, he knows everything, and that may be why this nation is suffering. Maybe that is why we have so much illness and disease in this world right now. God wants us to have healthy and well lives, but we must seek Him. He is not a God created by human hands. He feels our pain. Yes, his strength is perfect and He can sustain or heal us, click, just like that.
  • 22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. The same phrase from verse 11.

Wake Up, God! We Need Help!

  • 23Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off forever.
  • 24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
  • 25For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
  • 26Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.

The nation thinks that God is pretending that He is sleeping/ or not aware of what is happening to the nation. When parents are facing the death of a child, they may well feel as if God is on vacation. Their sense of urgency is heightened by their perception that God has not heard their cries. We pray without ceasing for a problem and the problem persists. Are God’s ears stopped up? Has He placed us on “mute?”

Longman declares that “The psalmist appeals to God’s unfailing love (or covenantal loyalty; ḥ esed ), for God to rise up (see Ps. 7:6) and aid them in their distress.”

This psalm is a reminder that we can go boldly before the throne of grace.  We can go before the throne of grace and KNOW that God has heard us. However, I love this statement from Longman “However, the covenant is not a mechanism that thwarts God’s freedom. We know that God loves us and will care for us, although that care may not express itself as we think it should.” That is why children die and leave their parents behind, even after hundreds of people praying for them to live. That is why sicknesses may not be healed immediately. Not necessarily because the person has sinned. But, because our timing is not the same as God. Just look at what Paul wrote in Romans 8:31-36

  • 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
  • 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
  • 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
  • 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
  • 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
  • 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; “we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Why do missionaries die on the mission field? Is God incapable of protecting them? No! Nothing can separate us from His immense love for us.

Regardless of being led like “sheep for the slaughter,” friends, when life becomes icky sticky, remember that we are “more than conquerors.” Rom. 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Do you remember who was led to the slaughter so we could experience grace? Jesus. He could have had a pity party and felt that this was a cruel injustice. After all, He is not the one who sinned. The devil thought that he had won the battle and the war.

But on the resurrection morning, I am sure that there were groans in hell that were intense. God was victorious! We will reign with Christ in the New Jerusalem! Be not faint-hearted my friends. This week I have heard about the death of a baby, a friend, the transition of a dear friend’s husband into glory, and the “close to death” experiences of another friend’s close friend. Is God asleep on His throne? NO. He is calling His children home to receive their reward! Remember, Rom. 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

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Psalms Chapter 44: Part 1 Verses 1-9 [Paise Him!]

Psalms Chapter 44 #Lament 

#Blesssed #Weak #Betrayed #Favored

(Unless otherwise cited this devotional is from the King James Version-Psalms 41 mainly because it is public domain.) But read this Psalm in the NIV for clarity of the Genre.)

Context

Psalm 44 has a two-part division.

  1. Part 1 encompasses verses 1 – 8: David Remembers God’s blessings and commemorates the victories God has won for His chosen people Israel.
  2. Part 2 demonstrates in verses 9-26 Israel’s current status as a “defeated nation.” The psalmist cries out to God-the Warrior King-to save Israel. 

This is another lament psalm; however, it is a little different in that it is more like a communal lament than anything else. The community accuses God of breaking His covenantal promise to take care of chosen people, even though they have been loyal to their Warrior King/God. Longman 2014, states “We do not know the historical event that inspired the original writing of the psalm since it was written in such a way that it could be used for later, similar occasions” (p. 201).

  • 1(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.) We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. Remembering what the saints of old have told us reminds us that God is our protector and provider. BUT!
  • How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
  • 3For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

It is interesting how we love to remind God of what He promised to do for us isn’t it? As if He would ever forget. Just look at verses 1-3. They are reminding God of what he did for them before and after the “great Exodus” from Egypt. Even today, Israel still rehearses the tales of the providential hand of God in the history of the nation of Israel. (See Exodus 10-12 ESV). 

Have you ever sat in a room that is very cold? Your entire body is numb! Psychologists say that if you think about warm things you won’t be so cold! Well, that does not work for me, but it does work for many people 🙂 ! That is what Israel is doing.

They are talking about the visual imagery of Him positioning and establishing His children in the land. (See 2 Sam. 7:10; Isa. 5:1; Jer. 12:2 ESV). Cayce offers an explanation for this section of  verse 3, “but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.” Cayce 2018, thinks that the “right hand” statement refers to power and might that is enveloped in the hand of God (Cayce 2018, Psalm 44).

  • 4Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
  • 5Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
  • 6For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
  • 7But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
  • 8In God [the Targum says, “in the word of the Lord”] we boast all the day long, and praise thy name forever. Selah.

We remember when, because our forefathers wrote about it in the Torah and we remember the stories. They told us how you took care of your children. So, do it now God. When your grandchildren or children want to “butter” you up what do they do? What do they say? How do they say it?

“Mum, you know how much we love your buttery biscuits. We come home just to taste their deliciousness!” Translated, “Mum will you make us biscuits for breakfast?” You had no intention of making biscuits, but what do you do? You make them, right? Israel is acting like children.

  1. Do they really think that God needs them to remind Him that he is their “King?” 
  2. That He is powerful enough to “push down our enemies:  [or that]  through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us. The entire ANE community knew that the God of Israel “saved [them] from [their] enemies, and hast put [their enemies] to shame”  

So, when the spiritual warfare battle fiercely rages on, remember Romans 16:20 (ESV) “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”  Know that “the God of hope [will] fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV  

God broke every barrier and destroyed every chain of bondage for His children Israel. He will do the same thing for you. Are you experiencing the bondage of anxiety, depression, abandonment, aloneness, destitution, neglect? Let Him break those chains for you tonight. Just call out to Him, and He will be right there, breaking those chains for you. But, you have a job to do too! Let them go, and allow Him to set you, and keep you free!

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Psalms Chapters 42 & 43

Psalms Chapter 42 #Castdown #Hope #Trust #light 

(Unless otherwise stated, all Scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible.)

“It is not our trust that keeps us, but the God in whom we trust who keeps us.” – Oswald Chambers

Context

Theological scholars propose that Psalms 42 and 43 were written as a single poem (Longman 2014, 193). The evidence for this assertion is that the following refrain is repeated in both Psalms. “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”

  • Psalm 42:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
  • Psalm 42:11 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God,” and
  • Psalm 43:5 “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.”

The second point, to support this argument, is the fact that Psalm 43 does not have a title. It does show up in The Psalter as a separate Psalm.  Scholars cite ancient Manuscripts as indicating that Psalm 42 and 43 were at one time one Psalm.  It has also been argued that the Septuagint separated the psalms. When one looks at a current version of the Masoretic Text [A Hebrew – English Bible: According to the Masoretic Text and the JPS 1917 Edition.] For the purpose of this study, we will combine the psalms.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul?

1(To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.) As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

This simile of David’s is probably one of the most famous metaphors in the entire psalm. Unless one lives in the country where they have actually seen the deer come out of the word parched and dry, due to the lack of rain, the visualization of the reality of this verse is lost. The expression denotes and connotes a desire that is as strong as life itself. The writer’s desire to know and grow closer to God is like that of quenching one’s thirst. All living things need water!

That is one of the basic things in the life cycle of God’s creation. One cannot be a living, growing child of God without refreshing one’s soul with the watering of His Holy Word. If you have any kind of plants at all, you will know that when you have forgotten to water them for any period of time, they will begin to wilt, especially peace lilies.

But when you do water them, there is a sucking sound in the pot as the soil sucks up the much-needed water and expels the air that has gathered in the pot! Cayce believes that David wrote this psalm and this verse in particular “at a time when he could not just’ leave his home and go to worship in the temple (Cayce 2018, Psalm 42).

Like the dried out plant his 2My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Matthew 5:6 The Message (MSG)”“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.” That is why individual Bible Study of God’s word is so important. Especially, the New Testament? WHY? That is where living for God becomes more real. Now we learn that even thinking about the sin makes us sinful. Not so in the Old Testament!

3My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? 4When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holy day.

David felt like Hannah did in 1 Sam. 1:3-8 The Message (MSG)

Every year this man went from his hometown up to Shiloh to worship and offer a sacrifice to God-of-the-Angel-Armies. Eli and his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, served as the priests of God there. When Elkanah sacrificed, he passed helpings from the sacrificial meal around to his wife Peninnah and all her children, but he always gave an especially generous helping to Hannah because he loved her so much, and because God had not given her children. But her rival wife taunted her cruelly, rubbing it in and never letting her forget that God had not given her children. This went on year after year. Every time she went to the sanctuary of God she could expect to be taunted. Hannah was reduced to tears and had no appetite. {Note the taunting was not occurring at home. It was happening in the sanctuary of God! That is why the pain was so intense for Hannah.] Her husband Elkanah said, “Oh, Hannah, why are you crying? Why aren’t you eating? And why are you so upset? Am I not of more worth to you than ten sons?”

Now the psalmist laments about the fact that his enemies as asking him “Where is thy God?” They are actually taunting him. David response with “4When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holy day.” 

We will experience pain in this life. Nothing is more intense than when church family members are hateful to each other. This is what David was experiencing. These people were people with whom he had worshipped. My response to this is that it happened then and it will happen again. How we allow it to affect us determines whether or not we realize that we serve a “Warrior King!” We can smile and still love those haters because we are children of The Almighty! Have you ever seen how a hen protects her chicks? That is how God feels about us. This too shall pass. 

God is Your Hope!

5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. 6O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. 7Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

The pity party may be coming to an end. Just look at what David declares! This is David’s “Even if” moment. He declared “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: [Yes it is rough right now. Yes, I am in pain. Yes, my friends have become my enemies. Yes,they are taunting me! But I am a Child of THE KING! So,] Longman brings David’s attitude towards God to our attention by citing Psalm 77:6-8 (ESV) I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search: Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?” (Longman 2014, 194). That is a desperate prayer. 

 I shall yet praise him, for the help of his countenance.”  We have hope not just in the fact that when this life is over all of our troubles are over, but we have in this life too. John 10:10 reminds us that “The thief [the enemy] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

We thought the party was over then oops!Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” He is on a sinking ship. ” I am drowning God. Help me!” Sounds familiar? Well, Peter said it too! 

Matthew 14:29-30 The MSG “He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!” Now let’s be real. We are in a boat in the middle of the sea! Jesus beckons to us to join Him because we kind of asked him if we could. We are walking on water! We realize that we are walking on water and reality kicks in! 

Let me be truthful here.  I don’t even like being in a boat on the water. This chap is accepting an invitation to “walk on” water! He is brave, and then he realizes that he is just like “Joyce.” I don’t do water anything – except my plants, water therapy, and shower!  Christ rescued him from himself. He will rescue us too! Just read this verse in Matthew 10:29-31 MSG “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries. 29-31“What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries. 29-31“What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.” God always has, and will still take care of His children. We just have to – WAIT ON HIM TO ACT!

  • 8Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

When we lift up our hands in worship and praise God, we are more aware of His excellence. He is great, and all is well! Then we leave the church and go back to life, and all of a sudden the enemy gives us a reality check, and we go back to “9I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 10As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?” We have a relentless persecutor! Can sit back and ask why is David like this?

When was the last time that life kicked you in the teeth multiple times in a row and you just wanted to crawl under the bed? That is how he feels! Then, I am sure that he reads Scripture and it reminds him that he should be asking himself a question. “11Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

 

Psalms Chapter 43

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

David is using legalese in this verse because he wants God to assess him as the King of Israel and as his “judge” and his “attorney” to deliver him from his accusers

  1. God the Judge: Judges 11:27; 1 Sam. 24:12; Psalms 7:8; 26:1),
  2. God the Defense Attorney Psalms 119:154; Prov. 22:23; 23:11; Jer. 50:34; Lam. 3:58) (Cayce 2018, Psalms 43).

“Against an ungodly nation” indicates any nation that was ungodly and who were siding with David’s enemies at the time. Many people in the nation of Israel took Absalom’ side when he launched his coup against David.

David does not mind God judging him, because he knows his heart is right with God. David is like many of us. He knows that he would not be judged fairly by these unjust men. David is asking God to show these ungodly men that God is on David’s side.

Longman agrees with Cayce and declares 

It is a call for vindication that assumes an accusation, perhaps a formal legal one, since legal language is used here ( vindicate [ šāpā ṭ ] and plead my cause [ rîbâ rîbî ]). This charge is coming from an unfaithful nation. The term ‘unfaithful’ is the negative of a cognate ( lô’ḥ āsîd ) to the word translated ‘love’ in verse 8. God shows love (loyalty or covenant faithfulness; ḥ esed ), but the people of the nation do not show that same love or faithfulness to the psalmist. The fact that a nation is not showing love/ faith towards the psalmist does make one wonder whether the Sons of Korah (see title) are composing this hymn on behalf of the king (p. 196).  

  • 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?
  • O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
  • 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.
  • 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. [He repeats the refrain to make sure that “his soul” understands that it should not be cast down because he/David puts his trust in God.]

In Psalms 42 David questioned God. However, in Psalm 43, we see him calling on God to rescue him from his emotional, psychological, and physical turmoil that he is experiencing at the hands of his persecutors. As Christians, we must remember that persecution will come. It is the one thing that we are guaranteed.

  • John 15:20 “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” Now, look at Eccles 9:11.

David is asking God to “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. He wants to go to the tent of dwelling and meet with and talk to God. He needs his light to light his way. See Psalms 78:14, 53, 72; 107:30 MSG 

As God sends His light to light David’s path along this trail of emotional darkness, David is thinking when I get to the tabernacle “4Then 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.”

When Christians read this psalm, they comprehend that they have a sweet relationship with God through the blood of Jesus. Because of His blood, we can go directly to the throne of grace and plead or cause. We don’t have to go to any man or thing to do that. Old Testament saints did not have that opportunity. They had to go to the tabernacle/temple. Glory to God we can talk to Him anywhere, anytime, any place and anyhow! We are not bound by space, time, or praying positions. We don’t have to mouth words that everyone else says

The Holy Spirit lives inside of us that is our internet connection to God. That is or DSL so to speak. No dial-up internet is needed to access the throne of God. No waiting for the phone to connect. It connects instantly! His altar is never closed! Christians are told by the Bible that they are the temple of God.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

When we gather together as a body of believers we are also the essence of the temple of God (See 1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious.”) Even though we are the temple of God we still long for him like David. “1(To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.) As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” WHY? We are in spiritual warfare every day. We are in a race and as Ecclesiastes 9:11 (KJV) said “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” So we press on and drink of that living water that Christ offered the Samaritan woman. See John 4 MSG. My friends, we are not without hope. We just need to let go of our “I can fix it, or our “I want to know how to fix it” attitudes. We cannot fix a single thing. Only God can. We don’t have to have an answer for every problem only God does. Wait and walk in His presence and then our souls won’t be saying “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.” [He repeats the refrain to make sure that “his soul” understands that it should not be cast down because he/David puts his trust in God.] 

David is learning to let it God and allow God to move this mountain for him. That is why he keeps asking this question? I have posted this song on this ministry’s page, or at least on Facebook, several times. But I am going to post it again. When I was a worship leader’ we sang it because it was where we were as a church. 

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References

Cayce, Ken. 2017. “Books of the Bible.”  http://www.bible-studys.org/About%20Me.html. Accessed October 140, 2018

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed October 14, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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