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Psalm 43:1-5

 

Declare me innocent, O God!  Defend me against these ungodly people.
Rescue me from these unjust liars.  For you are God, my only safe haven.
Why have you tossed me aside?
Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?
Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.
There I will go to the altar of God, to God—the source of all my joy.
I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God!

Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!
 

 

Regardless of how dedicated we are to God, and how grateful we are that He sent His only Son to die for us and become our Savior, we all have periods of grief, discouragement, futility, and depression that creep into our lives.  We often pretend this despair will never happen because we have accepted Christ as our Savior.  I would argue that we should expect all of these to happen BECAUSE we have accepted Christ as our personal Savior!  There are many Bible scholars and pastors who believe that Psalm 43 should be included as part of Psalm 42.  Psalm 43 is the only psalm that lacks a superscription (personal greeting acknowleding who psalm is written to and about , that occurs at the beginning of each psalm) in Book II of the Psalms.  It seems that its superscription comes from Psalm 42.  If you join the two psalms, you have three stanzas, which would have been characteristic of David's writings.  Finally, in some of the Hebrew manuscripts, Psalm 42 and 43 are written as one.  No matter which approach you choose, our Scripture today has much to say to us.  As we know, David has ended up a blessed man by God.  Even though he had been one of the greatest sinners to ever live, God had chosen him and David repented.  So, why is David so sad?  David tells us and we would be wise to listen!  David discovers, as he writes, that God is his only safe haven.  At the same time, David realizes he has lost his way.  David cries out to God and asks Him to send His light and truth to guide him.  What David discovers, as he pens this psalm, is that God's light and truth were always with him.  It seems David has just been too preoccupied with worldly "life stuff" to commune with God as frequently as was needed to maintain his joy.   Listen carefully as David tells us that he will praise God...AGAIN.   If you read backwards in this psalm, you will discover that David is discouraged and sad due to lack of fellowship with God.  For David, and for us, God is "the source of all our joy."  The first five verses of this psalm are so important.  Let's rearrange the thoughts and review. Many of us may have awakened this morning and asked God why we are so sad and discouraged.  Being in the world everyday, we must deal with ungodly liars.  As you have discovered, these people come in all different shapes and sizes.  If you have been around churches for any period of time, you realize that often "Christians" are those ungodly liars.  I am sure that some of the people David was referring to as "ungodly" were found in the temple every Sabbath pledging allegiance to God.  But as a popular saying explains, "You need to walk the walk, if you are going to talk the talk!"  Prayer and Bible study are two of the  most important daily activities where God, through the Holy Spirit, can speak to us, personally.  Without this constant communication with God, we will lose sight of the fact that He is the source of all of our joy.  Here is the really hard part.  How did David rediscover his joy?  He praised God with his harp!  When we are the most discouraged and sad, learn a lesson from David.  Be bold and praise God in the midst of your despair.  We need to thank God for the many blessings we have.  Yes, that brings our joy back and puts our earthly life in focus.  Finish your praise to God the same way David did.  First, declare that all your hope is placed in God, through Jesus Christ, the One who died for us.  Celebrate the ressurection (yes, we are still in the Easter season!).  Then stand up, shout, and tell God who He is in your life.  Like David, we all need to proclaim, "You are My Savior and My God!!!"