November 6

November 6, 2020
By Pastor Jim Cords

Based on Psalm 43

Please start by reading this wonderful five verse Psalm. It lifted my spirit and filled my heart as I reflected on it. In fact, I wrote “write a devotion on Psalm 43” on my to do list.

It starts in verse 1 with a sense of fear, even what might be a paranoia (although David certainly had enemy who sought his destruction). But there is the added benefit that in this fear the psalmist turns to God. The psalmist knows to whom he can turn… the source of hope.

Why does the psalmist turn to God? We see it in verse two. “For you are the God in whom I take refuge.” Yet there is a deep honesty here which I find so refreshing; “why have you rejected me?’

Do you ever wonder, “where is God?” Do you ever feel like “Lord Jesus if you were here this would not be happening?” I think this is an emotional honesty rather than a theological truth. The psalmist “feels” rejection. And that feeling leads the psalmist to wonder about the reality of his life… “why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” How is it that the circumstances of my life empower my enemy to put me in a place of despair and mourning?

Again the psalmist is being honest about the struggle of life. Yet, again there is wisdom displayed. Where is help? Verse three: “Send out your light and your truth; let THEM lead me; let them bring me to hour holy hill and to your dwelling!” The psalmist knows where helps and he acknowledges that he needs help to get there. “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” The psalmist recognizes that with God’s light and truth, he can come back into that place that abides in God’s presence.

I love the language of verse four in ESV. “God is my exceeding joy, I will praise you… O God, my God.” 

I see verse five as ending with the psalmist allowing his faith to address his soul.  My paraphrase: “Get in line soul. Hope in God.” “And whether you do or not… I SHALL praise Him, my salvation and my God.”

I do not need to deny the struggles and uncertainties of my life. I can acknowledge them and yet allow faith to guide my soul and my response. God is faithful. I believe it. I will live according to the grace and promise my Lord provides.

“Thank you, Lord Jesus. Help me also to have your light and truth that allow me to live daily in your presence and with the hope that comes from you. Amen”

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