Psalm 43: Vindication in the Midst of Persecution

(5 verses, 0:21 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • The Psalmist prays to be vindicated in the midst of persecution.


  • Plea for vindication (1-2).
  • Guidance back to the temple (3-4).
  • Refrain of hope (5).


  • The Psalmist cries out to God for vindication (courtroom language!). He wants God to defend his cause and deliver him from the power of his enemies – the ungodly who are persecuting him.
  • This situation creates a problem for the Psalmist – if God is his refuge, then why is God treating him this way?
  • He wants God to send His Word (His light and truth), so that he may be brought back to the Lord’s temple and altar.  And he doesn’t want just any word – the Psalmist wants God’s word of mercy, God’s word of promise, so that he can joyfully return to the Lord’s house.
  • It is this word of mercy and promise that restores his soul. Even in the midst of his persecution he is comforted knowing that God is his salvation and his God.


  • In the midst of an ungodly world you are constantly under attack sin, death, and the devil. God comforts and sustains you through the life giving Word of His Gospel. Through that living, powerful Word He delivers you from the sin, death, and the devil. Through that same Word He gives you forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation.

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-Pastor Andrew Packer


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