Friday, July 31

The Request for Deliverance

Read Psalms 42-43.

Verses 1-3 of Psalm 43 make specific requests for God to act. The psalmist wants God to vindicate him in front of his enemies. The psalmist is asking for God to intervene in such a way that it shows that he was in the right all along. The psalmist wants God to vindicate him by delivering him from the deceitful and unjust. Verse 2 returns to the lament that it appears that God has abandoned him. This heightens the urgency of the prayer. Verse 3 is a request for God to do more than deliver the psalmist from danger. The psalmist wants to return to nearness with God, so he asks God to lead him there.

What do you want God to do in your situation? Be specific. Be sure to include that you want to return to the nearness to God you felt in the past.

Week 3 — Psalm of Disorientation — Personal Lament

Introduction to Psalms 42-43

We do not know who wrote these Psalms. The Sons of Korah refers all the way back to the time of Moses. Korah’s descendants faithfully followed the Lord and served as Levites for centuries. 

Psalms 42 and 43 are so tightly connected that it is almost certain that they were once considered one unit. They express a powerful “lament” – a cry for help during distress. Two questions echo throughout Psalms of lament: Why is this happening? How long will it last?

Psalms 42 and 43 are divided into three parts, each ending in, “Why are you cast down, O my soul…” In 42:1-5, the psalmist laments feeling distant from God. The tension between God’s love and the psalmist’s sufferings are the theme of 42:6-11. In Psalm 43, the psalmist cries out for God to act and promises to worship as a result.

Psalms 42–43 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

1As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.

2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

3My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”

4These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.

5Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation

6and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

7Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.

8By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

9I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

10As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”

11Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

1Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!

2For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

5Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

 

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