TLIC Psalms. March 31. Hope in God.

Read Psalm 43:1-5. 1Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! 2For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! 4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. 5Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Psalm 42 and 43 are considered by most to be one psalm. One reason for this is the repeated refrain – Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Three times the psalmist returns to this chorus.

What light and truth does your heart run back to over and over again in the middle of the unrelenting storms of life? What do you run toward? Where is your hope found? For David his destination was the dwelling of God through the altar of God. Only at the altar can vindication be found.

Our altar is Christ. Our dwelling is Christ. Our vindication is the indwelling Spirit. Hope in God is our living hope in Jesus. Salvation is the Lord Jesus alive in us. There is no need to pray as the psalmist did, send your light and your truth. The light of Christ has come, and the Spirit of Truth abides in us forever.

So praise God. Not just in defiance against your oppressors, but in confidence in your Savior.

To live is Christ is to live in the confident hope of our assured salvation even when nothing has actually changed in our situation.

Prayer. Jesus, I don’t care what others say, you are my God and my defender. Amen.


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