Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 42 – 43

Psalm 42

If we hunger and thirst after every Word of God like a person dying of thirst or famine, then we will surely learn and internalize the Word of God to live by it and we shall be filled, becoming like God in our thoughts and deeds through thinking and living like God thinks and lives 

Psalm 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

The righteous continually hunger and thirst after God and his Word (Mat 5:5)

42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

The wicked mock the godly asking “where is God?” 

42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

The righteous remember and live by every Word of God, and delight to come before God on God’s Sabbath and true appointed Holy Days

Why should the righteous who love God and live by his Word be distressed?  Let us rejoice despite our many trials, for the very King of the Universe loves us with a passionate enduring everlasting love, and has promised with unshakable promises eternal life with him!

42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

Wherever we are and whatever our trials, let us remember God our Father in heaven and put our trust on him, always living by every Word of God

42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from [in our exile] the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

David is inspired to speak of his exile across Jordan from the rebellion of Absalom, as an allegory of  the correction of the nation by Babylon in our days.

42:8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

When we find ourselves in distress and the great trials of God’s correction, let us sincerely repent and cry out to God for our deliverance.  If we love God enough to live by every Word of God, he will deliver us from all sorrows and from the terrors of sin, death and the grave; therefore let our thoughts always be on him and may songs of his praise be ever in our mouths.

42:9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 42:10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

God is the Hope and Deliverer of his faithful; let us put our trust in him and rejoice in his ultimate deliverance to eternal life, always

42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.


Psalm 43

God will judge every person by whether they have sincerely repented and lived by every Word of God or not  

Revelation 20:12   And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

David asks why he is oppressed when he has chosen to live by every Word of God.  This is the question covered in the books of Job and Ecclesiastes

Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

David in his oppressed state, feels that God has cast him away; but in truth the oppression has been allowed because God is working with him and is using that tool to teach him important lessons

43:2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

David calls upon God to lead him to God’s Tabernacle and the Ark of God on the Holy Mount, which is a figurative way of saying that he wants to be in the presence of God always

43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth [every Word of God is truth]: let them lead me; let them [living by every Word of God will bring us into the presence of God in the resurrection to spirit] bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. 43:4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Whenever we are discouraged in this physical life, remember that the godly who live by every Word of God, have God’s unbreakable promise of a resurrection to eternal life and a much better world.

43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him [those who live by every Word of God, will SHOUT his praises after our resurrection to spirit and eternal life], who is the health of my countenance [God brings health and healing from sin, death and the grave], and my God.

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