October 13, 2021
READ: OCT. 13 Encouraging Word: Psalm 43!
Psalm 43:1 Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
2 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?
3 Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle.
4 Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.
5 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.
Psalm 43, perhaps connected to the previous one, continues the psalmist’s reflection on his deep discouragement. Note how, throughout both of these psalms, the writer talks to himself (5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me Hope in God;). Also see Psalm 42:5, 11. The well known Bible expositor Martyn Loyd-Jones has given the following reflection on Psalm 43.
Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself. Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody’s talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself (5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me…). His soul has been repressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says, ‘Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.’
The Psalms guide us into learning to talk to ourselves – rebuking the hopeless discouragements that tend to torpedo our emotional stamina. How? Not through self-help pep talks. Not through recounting all the good in our life, hoping it will outweigh the bad. Rather, through remembering who God is. (v5b…Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.)
The Hebrew word for “countenance” means “the salvation of my face.” God does not save in a vacuum. He has a personal purpose for each one of us. He draws near to us, so near that the Bible describes it in terms of saving our very face.
In Jesus, we see this salvation draw us as God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”
(2 Corinthians 4:6).
Please remember those in need of urgent prayer at this time: Doug Pope, Erlanger Hospital. Glenn and Sandy’s nephew, Greg, is struggling with cancer in Kentucky, and their daughter-in-law, Helen Bennett, is in Harton Hospital. also remember Houstin Wilson and Belle Heard.
Let’s gather this Sunday, October 17:
No Sunday School. 11:00 Morning Service. 6:00 Evening Service.
Love and prayers,
Pastor Mike Owen