Saturday, April 04, 2009

Psalm 43

My favorite verse is the one where the psalmist asks God to "send out your light and your truth. Let them lead me."

How wonderful to have the God who lights every man who comes into the world lighten our way. We have the word of God as the light for our feet. We have the light of God's truth coming to us in dreams, visions, inner guidance. We want the light and the truth to lead us to God's HOLY Hill. There's a Proverbs 18:2 which states, "A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself." What a snide comment! But how common nowadays. The folks in the Bible have no patience with these folks who sit around meditating trying to understand if self-understanding is the be-all and end-all of existence. The reason we ask for light is that we might become holy and worthy of something far greater than ourselves.

The last verse is similar to a lot of the psalms in which the psalmist encourages himself.

Psalm 43

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

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

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

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.

5Why 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.

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