Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Psalm 43 NKJV
David is praying for restoration to the temple. He promises to serve God joyfully.
The temple is where God met His people. It was the center of spiritual life in Israel. To be cast out from the temple was symbolic of spiritual death. To be separated from the fellowship of the temple was symbolic of separation from God.
What was keeping David away from the temple? David fled from His enemies.
David bargained with God. Have you ever tried playing let’s make a deal with God?
God was with David when He killed a lion and a bear. The Lord was with David when he defeated Goliath. God protected David from his enemies.
Why would David feel like God cast him off when he was in exile? Why would David allow the oppression of his enemies to send him into a state of mourning?
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Vs 5
David’s prayer in this chapter is the same as the prayer in the previous psalm. David is remembering that God is his hope. When God is our hope we cannot be hopeless. God never fails people who trust and obey Him!
David knew that trust in God changes our attitudes and behaviors. Do you!
David’s enemies drove him away from his home. They did not separate him from God. It was David’s mistaken belief system that caused him to believe God was not with him.
David believed the favor of God was something that could be earned. David believed mistakes and failures could separate him from God’s blessing.
David’s seems to understand that his enemies ate away at his faith in God. He fought back against them by remembering God is his source of strength and hope.
The world our sin nature and Satan eat away at our faith in Jesus. We can fight back by remembering the Lord. Jesus is the source of our strength and hope. Nothing can stand in opposition to the Lord of glory!
We do not need to bargain with God. Jesus loves us. Jesus wants to bless and protect us. If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior He will be with you everywhere you go! Do not mourn because of your enemies. Rejoice in the Lord!
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