objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Psalm 43: No need to be cast down
Comments: A really short psalm with no identification
but yet which [from v.5] clearly goes with the previous psalm
by the sons of Korah and should perhaps be seen as a simple continuation
of that previous psalm.]
A plea for God's help against the unrighteous in the Land
me, my God,
and plead my cause
against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
deceitful and wicked.
If God is his protection why is he suffering with unrighteous
are God my stronghold.
Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?
Give me your guidance to lead me to your house
me your light and your faithful care
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
There I will sacrifice and praise you
I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
So… the refrain again: don't be cast down, hope (trust) in God
my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Thoughts: The psalmist is aware of living in an unrighteous
and ungodly community and feels they are bearing down on him.
But he's a child of God with the Lord as his protection so he
calls on the Lord to guide him through this time, back to a place
where he can dwell with God and praise and worship Him; he really
has no reason to be cast down!]
to Psa 44