In every line Psalm 43 draws us to God. God is our rock of refuge, our judge, our deliverer, our light, our truth, our life, our hope, our salvation, and our exceeding joy.
Scripture: Psalm 43
- Psalm 43 is a Psalm of instruction, continuing the themes of Psalm 42 and pointing us to Christ.
- In review of Psalm 42: to be with the community of God’s people is to be with God. In the midst of the storm and darkness, God’s steadfast love is with us. Singing brings us to the point of prayer, trusting in God our Rock. Faithful prayer is honest about the struggles in our hearts and minds. There is often tension between what we experience and what we confess to be true.
- We need to learn to pray boldly to God for the things God has promised (Psalm 43:1).
- God is the judge who judges rightly according to His law, so we may pray that He would “vindicate me.”
- The Psalmist prays “defend my cause” – be my defense attorney against an ungodly people.
- The Psalmist rightly seeks God as his refuge, calling on God to deliver him from the presence of his enemies.
- The Psalmist calls upon God to “send out your light and truth” that I may be carried to God’s holy presence.
- Blessed are the people who walk in the light of God’s truth (cf . Numbers 6:24-26).
- Extend your covenant faithfulness; be true to your promises (Psalm 43:3). Here the Psalmist is praying that God would be true to His promises, and that he might be restored to the full presence of God.
- The Psalm draws us to God; God is in every line. God is our rock of refuge; He is our judge, defender, deliverer, light, truth, life, hope, salvation, and our exceeding joy.
- This Psalm looks forward to Christ, and the fulfillment of this Psalm is found in Christ.
- Augustine said the Bible is God’s face turning toward us; we see Him there.
- In grace Christ has turned His face toward us; we are to turn our face toward God in repentance and faith.
- When we seek God’s deliverance in times of trouble, do we just want help, or are we like the Psalmist also seeking the near presence of God?
- What do we learn from the titles attributed to God in Psalm 43?
- Discuss St. Augustine’s image of the Bible as God’s face turned toward man.
- How should we respond when God turns His face toward us?
- What does it mean to pray boldly? What is the basis of our confidence to seek help from God?