A Prayer for Mercy and Help
David starts the psalm with a statement that the Lord regards who are kind to poor (42:1-3).
The Lord always considers the poor and needy because he is a compassionate God (40:17). When they are afflicted God is also afflicted (Is 63:9). The Lord will preserve them and keep them alive. He will strengthen them when they are sick and rescue them from their enemies. The Lord is able to make their bed more comfortable. The Lord Jesus is the prime example of this. He healed the sick and restores them to serve him. This is the mission of the church today. Someone has said “We are living in time the church has lost its passion for the Gospel, compassion for the poor and care for the believers. The church has become a Sunday ritual, even that we can’t perform now”.
God will judge those who take advantage of the poor and needy (41:4-13). David pleads for God’s mercy because he sinned against God. His enemies speak evil of him and say that David will die soon and be forgotten (2 Sam 16:5-8). Even his trusted friend betrayed David. It may be a reference to the treachery of his friend Ahithophel (2 Sam 17:23). He was once David’s trusted friend. Verse 9 has a Messianic reference because Jesus quoted it in John 13:18 speaking of Judas Iscariot. In Christian life integrity is a virtue. Those who practice duplicity are hypocrite. God knows us by our character. David prayed for healing and that his enemies will not triumphed over him. H is confident that the Lord will preserve him because he is innocent. He says “Lord you have brought me into your presence of forever”. David is a man after God’s own heart. He feared God so that he does not have to fear anything else except God and his Word. The psalmist ends this psalm with doxology and concludes the first section of the book of psalms. May God help us to live in integrity before God!
Longing for the Living God
This psalm begins with a deep desire and longing for the living God (42:1-5). This is the beginning of the second Book of Psalms (42-72). The superscription says it is written for the sons of Korah. They belong to the Levitical family of singers in the Temple. Most probably it was written by David when he fled from his son Absalom (2 Sam 17:24). Barred from public worship, David longs for the living God and his presence. “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God”. David knew that the Lord is the source of spiritual life and vitality. His heart was breaking as he reflected on the blessed time when he joyfully sang praises to God. David says “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you sad within me” (42:5, 11). Yet David encouraged himself in the Lord. He is confident that he would yet be able to praise God. Are you discouraged? Elijah was discouraged in his life. But God sent an angel to feed him and give rest. When disciples were discouraged, Christ encouraged them by his presence and by his promises (John 14:1-3). God is a present help in times of our need.
David encouraged himself in the unfailing love of God (42:6-11). David was surrounded by his enemies and was deeply discouraged. He compares it to wave after wave of a troubled sea coming over him. He asked God why he had to continue suffering physically. His enemies scoffed at him saying “where is this God of yours”. Yet David knew there is hope in God who is faithful. Depression is a terrible feeling that we have failed and that there is no hope. Sometime Depression is satanic. Other time it comes from guilt because of un-confessed sin. Some people get depressed because of circumstances, may be lose of loved one and friends. What is the cure for this? The psalmist says “I will hope in God and praise him again”. No matter how we feel, if we look to God, we will discover that his grace is sufficient in all circumstances (2 Cor 12:9). Our hope in God is well founded, for he is ever faithful to his promises.
A Prayer for Guidance and Protection
This psalm starts with a prayer for vindication from enemies (43:1-5). It is a continuation of psalm 42. The psalmist prayed for deliverance from ungodly, deceitful and wicked since God is his only safe place. He says, send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. We are living in a spiritually and morally dark world. People love and believe lies. God has given us his light and truth in his Word. Jesus said “Everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light” (John 3:20). The bible is the greatest gift God has given to us to guide us in this fallen world (Ps 119:105). God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). The Psalmist decided to praise God at the Alter in Jerusalem. He found God as the source of his life and joy. He says “O my sour why are you discouraged within me? Hope in God “. The psalmist found confidence in the Lord his Savior and will praise him again. Are you guided by God’s light and truth? Do you realize that without Bible you lose your way and become vulnerable? Christians should feed on the Word of God and meditate daily to overcome depression.
Praise for Past and Present Deliverances
The psalm begins by recalling the deliverance Israel experienced in the Past (44:1-16). They recognized that the Lord gave them victory over their enemies and the land under Joshua. “O Lord, we have heart it with our own ears and our ancestors have told us of all you did in their days”. As a result, Israel trusted in their God and gave glory to him for his faithfulness. When everything seems going wrong in life, it is better to trust in the Lord and meditate on his past faithfulness. This will lift our heart to praise God. God is faithful in his promises. In spite of many victories, Israel had experienced many defeats because of their disobedience. They were scattered and sold as slaves for nothing. They became subject to scorn and could not escape constant humiliation (44:12-16). Yet they did not listen to their Prophets. Though they were very religious and their temple was filled with activities, the Lord was not pleased with them. They turned the house of God into a den of thieves. Because of that God made them a byword among nations. When Christians fail to obey the truth, the Satan will try to entice us with lies. Then Lord will chasten us to restore us to himself (Heb 12). The believers should feed on the truth daily and stay close to the Lord to stay victorious in life.
The psalmist affirms that the Lord will protect the innocent (44:17-26). Israel was perplexed at their defeat and thought that she does not deserve it. They have not gone after other gods. Israel affirmed her loyalty to God. Israel thought that for God’s sake they were killed every day. They think that the Lord has forgotten their afflictions because they are treated like sheep to be slaughtered. The nations asked God for help “Arise O Lord for our help. Do not reject us forever”. Psalmist prayed for victory. He thinks that the Lord has to rescue them because they are his covenant people and trust in God. This is the prayer of suffering believers suffering at all time. How we feel about God does not necessarily reflect who God is and what he does. God does not sleep and his ears are opened to the afflicted and righteous (Ps 34:15). He is mindful of our needs and does what is most good for us in his perfect time. For Christians, delays are not denials. We need to wait in silence for God’s timing. Are we waiting for God to answer our prayer? Trust in God and wait patiently for his answer. Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord?
A Royal Psalm Sung at the Wedding
The psalm begins with praise to the Great King for his spender and majesty (45:1-9). It is a messianic psalm. The psalmist is inspired by the Holy Spirit to praise the great King. He says, “My tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet”. The king is fairest and glorious because the God has blessed him. This king is a conqueror. He reigns, defending the truth, humility and justice. Verses 6-7, undoubtedly referred to the throne of Christ (2 Samuel 7::16; Heb 1:8-9). Christ’s throne is the eternal throne. “Your throne, O God is forever and ever” (Heb 1:6). This verse also speaks of the deity of Jesus Christ. To fight against his throne is foolishness. This great King is royally robes with the most beautiful things. He is honored in the ivory palace with music of string instruments. At his right side the bride is adorned in finest gold. Christ is not often considered as conqueror. The Gospels present him as a suffering servant who came to seek and save that which was lost. In weakness Jesus was crucified but in power he has risen from the dead. He said to his disciples “You will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33). We are saved to live a victorious Christian life. We don’t fight for victory but from victory in Christ. One day, every knee shall bow before Jesus (Phil 2:10). Have you recognized Christ’s majesty and allowed him to rule your life? If not, bow before Him now and allow Him to rule your life. Now is the day of salvation.
The bride was adorned herself before she was brought to the King (45:10-17). The psalmist instructs her that the King desires her beauty and she should fully honor him. When she follows his advice, she will be blessed with king’s favor. She looks glorious in her gown when she is led to the king. The psalm ends with benediction. Her son will become kings like their father and rule over many lands. The king would be honored throughout the nations forever. No doubt this is the picture of Christ and Church. Believers are now engaged to Jesus Christ
(2 Cor 11:2). Christ has purchased us by his blood. He loved us and gave himself for us. Before we loved Christ, he loved us. Trusting in Christ is an act of the will. Have you accepted Christ as Spiritual bridegroom? Someone has said “Christian life is wedding and not a funeral “. Christ has clothed you with beauty, His righteousness. The marriage ceremony is yet to come (Rev 19:7-10). Are you committed to Christ? Renew your love to Jesus daily so you may enjoy him.