Psalm 43 – “Petition of Longing – Part II”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist asks for salvation and expresses his devotion to God.

II. Photo
The psalmist asks God for guidance: “Send forth your light and your truth –
they will lead me!” (v. 3)

III. Select Verses
(The entire psalm)
1-3a: Vindicate me, O God, champion my cause against faithless people; rescue me from the treacherous, dishonest man. For You are my God, my stronghold; why have You rejected me? Why must I walk in gloom, oppressed by the enemy? Send forth Your light and Your truth;
3b-4: They will lead me; they will bring me to Your holy mountain, to Your dwelling-place, that I may come to the altar of God, God, my delight, my joy; that I may praise You with the lyre, O God, my God.
5: Why so downcast, my soul, why disquieted within me? Have hope in God; I will yet praise Him, my ever-present help, my God.

IV. Outline
1-3a. Complaint/petition/affirmation of confidence
3b-4. Rationale: vow
5. Third refrain

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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