Psalm 43

Hello, my friend. If you have read Psalm 43, I’m sure you have seen how it relates to the psalm we looked at yesterday, Psalm 42.  I hope you were able to join in, as I shared the gripping story of my friend, Leigh Robinson, and his refuge in the Lord of this Psalm at the shattering news of his wife’s sudden death.   I am especially touched by David’s bewildered question in Psalm 43, vs. 2, “You are God, my stronghold.  Why have you rejected me?  Why must I go about mourning?”  It is that strange ambivalence in our nature, about which I spoke last week.  If we could only be absolutely immovable, unshakable, rock-solid in our feelings.  But even as a day often changes from sunshine to shadow, so do our lives.  And it’s important to take the clouds when they come.  They darken the sunshine, but they hold the showers which are necessary for a rich harvest.

And in the moment of his introspection, David suddenly shouts a passage which we have all loved since childhood, vs. 3,4, “Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me;  let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.  Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.  I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.”   All this cycle of moods may indicate a kind of vacillation on the part of the Psalmist, but I don’t think this is the case.  If we were never subject to the times of even questioning the reality, the quality of our faith, we would never have occasion to ponder its significance, and deepen its roots. It’s the strong winds of spring that deepen the roots of the trees.  Without the pressure, there would be no need to strengthen our foundations.

So, take heart, my friend, if you have had moments of questioning, of doubt, of being confronted by the winds of circumstances.  Once we have become children of the King, we become members of the Royal household, even when we may not feel very noble.  Nothing can change our relationship with God, nothing, as Paul shouts in Romans 8:38, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We can revel in the faithfulness of our Lord.

“Thank you, Lord, for your understanding of our frailty and your provision of our needs.  We rejoice in your Word, as it touches us.  Bless my faithful fellow-E-LINK and others in special need.  Thank you, Lord.”

Thank you, partner.   Cheerio!

These meditations on the Psalms were written by Village Schools of the Bible Founder, Monty Sholund and first published in book form as Monty’s Musings on the Psalms in 2000.

Psalm 43

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