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Saturday, March 28

Psalm 43 (NRSV)
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
    against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
    deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
    why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
    because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
    O God, my God.

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

Devotion

Psalms 42 and 43 can be seen as companion psalms or as a single text.  The psalmist, most likely David, is depressed and beleaguered.  His soul is downcast, and disturbed.  He is oppressed and taunted by his foes.  He is in mourning because he feels that he has been forgotten by God. He has vivid recollections of a joyful and thankful community of God and an intimate relationship with God.  Now he is stuck in the midst of loveless, immoral, lying degenerates, and needs to get away from them. 

So, in these psalms, he asks God to send out his light and truth so he can find his way back to the grace of God and God’s community.  Perhaps he feels forgotten by God, but he knows that the solution is to seek God and to know his love again.

The Monday mornings, or whatever mornings, that I know and acknowledge that God’s light and truth are mine for the asking, are quality mornings.  

Prayer

When I am feeling depressed and beleaguered, Lord, nudge me to be quiet, to know that I am loved, and to turn to your light and truth.

David Jessee