Psalm 43:4
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New International Version
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

New Living Translation
There I will go to the altar of God, to God--the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God!

English Standard Version
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

New American Standard Bible
Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then I will come to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise You with the lyre, God, my God.

International Standard Version
Then I will approach the altar of God, even to God in whom my joy finds its source. Then I will praise you with the lyre, God, my God,

NET Bible
Then I will go to the altar of God, to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, so that I express my thanks to you, O God, my God, with a harp.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I shall come to the altar of God, and to God who gladdens my youth. I shall praise you on the harp, oh, God, my God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then let me go to the altar of God, to God my [highest] joy, and I will give thanks to you on the lyre, O God, my God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I will enter in to the altar of God, unto the God of my exceeding joy; yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

King James 2000 Bible
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise you, O God my God.

American King James Version
Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy: yes, on the harp will I praise you, O God my God.

American Standard Version
Then will I go unto the altar of God, Unto God my exceeding joy; And upon the harp will I praise thee, O God, my God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will go in to the altar of God : to God who giveth joy to my youth.

Darby Bible Translation
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto the God of the gladness of my joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God, my God.

English Revised Version
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: and upon the harp will I praise thee, O God, my God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy: yes, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

World English Bible
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy. I will praise you on the harp, God, my God.

Young's Literal Translation
And I go in unto the altar of God, Unto God, the joy of my rejoicing. And I thank Thee with a harp, O God, my God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

43:6-11 The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies. David saw troubles coming from God's wrath, and that discouraged him. But if one trouble follow hard after another, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us remember they are all appointed and overruled by the Lord. David regards the Divine favour as the fountain of all the good he looked for. In the Saviour's name let us hope and pray. One word from him will calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the light of noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises. Our believing expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it. At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him to trust in the name of the Lord, and to stay himself upon his God. He adds, And my God; this thought enabled him to triumph over all his griefs and fears. Let us never think that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us, if we have made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge. Thus the psalmist strove against his despondency: at last his faith and hope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelieving doubts and fears. Apply the promise first to ourselves, and then plead it to God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Then will I go unto the altar Of God. As the special place where thanksgiving ought to be made, and sacrifice offered (see 2 Samuel 6:17; 1 Chronicles 16:1). Unto God my exceeding Joy; literally, unto God the gladness of my exultation. Yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. The psalmist has before him some such scene as that depicted in 2 Samuel 6. and 1 Chronicles 15:25-29, where, amid shouts and singing and dancing, and "with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, with psalteries and harps," a joyful procession approached the tabernacle, David himself taking part in it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then will I go unto the altar of God,.... Which was in the tabernacle, either of burnt offerings, or of incense, there to offer up the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving for mercies received. The altar under the Gospel dispensation is Christ, on which such sacrifices being offered, are acceptable to God, Hebrews 13:10;

unto God my exceeding joy; as over the mercy seat, upon a throne of grace, and as his covenant God; or this is exegetical of the altar, which is Christ, God over all, blessed for ever; and who is the object of the unspeakable joy of his people, in his person, righteousness, and salvation;

yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God, my God: the harp is a musical instrument, used in that part of public worship which concerned the praise of God under the former dispensation, and was typical of that spiritual melody made in the hearts of God's people when they sing his praise, see Revelation 5:8.

The Treasury of David

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.

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, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43:4

"Then will I go unto the altar of God." If David might but be favoured with such a deliverance as would permit his return, it would not be his own house of heritage which would be his first resort, but to the altar of God his willing feet should conduct him. His whole heart would go as a sacrifice to the altar, he himself counting it his greatest happiness to be permitted to lie as a burnt offering wholly dedicated to the Lord. With what exultation should believers draw near unto Christ, who is the antitype of the altar! clearer light should give greater intensity of desire. "Unto God my exceeding joy." It was not the altar as such that the Psalmist cared for, he was no believer in the heathenism of ritualism: his soul desired spiritual fellowship, fellowship with God himself in very deed. What are all the rites of worship unless the Lord be in them; what, indeed, but empty shells and dry husks? Note the holy rapture with which David regards his Lord! He is not his joy alone, but his exceeding joy; not the fountain of joy, the giver of joy, or the maintainer of joy, but that joy itself. The margin hath it, "The gladness of my joy," i.e., the soul, the essence, the very bowels of my joy. To draw near to God, who is such a joy to us, may well be the object of our hungering and thirsting. "Yea, upon the harp will I praise thee." His best music for his best love. When God fills us with joy we ought ever to pour it out at his feet in praise, and all the skill and talent we have should be laid under contribution to increase the divine revenue of glory. "O God, my God." How he dwells upon the name which he loves so well! He already harps on it as though his harp music had begun. What sweeter sounds can music know than these four words? To have God in possession, and to know it by faith, is the heart's heaven - a fulness of bliss lies therein.

Psalm 43:5

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul?" If God be thine, why this dejection? If he uplifts thee, why art thou so near the ground? The dew of love is falling, O withering heart, revive. "And why art thou disquieted within me?" What cause is there to break the repose of thy heart? Wherefore indulge unreasonable sorrows, which benefit no one, fret thyself, and dishonour thy God? Why overburden thyself with foregodings? "Hope in God," or "wait for God." There is need of patience, but there is ground for hope. The Lord cannot but avenge his own elect. The heavenly Father will not stand by and see his children trampled on for ever; as surely as the sun is in the heavens, light must arise for the people of God, though for awhile they may walk in darkness. Why, then, should we not be encouraged, and lift up our head with comfortable hope? "For I shall yet praise him." Times of complaint will soon end, and seasons of praise will begin. Come, my heart, look out of the window, borrow the telescopic glass, forecast a little, and sweeten thy chamber with sprigs of the sweet herb of hope. "Who is the health of my countenance, and my God." My God will clear the furrows from my brow, and the tear marks from my cheek; therefore will I lift up my head and smile in the face of the storm. The Psalm has a blessed ending, such as we would fain imitate when death puts an end to our mortal existence.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. the altar—as the chief place of worship. The mention of the harp suggests the prominence of praise in his offering.

Psalm 43:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Send Out Your Light
3O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places. 4Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God. 5Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
Cross References
Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 21:6
Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

Psalm 26:6
I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, LORD,

Psalm 33:2
Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 49:4
I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle:

Psalm 57:8
Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.

Psalm 71:22
I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 84:3
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-- a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

Joel 1:16
Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes-- joy and gladness from the house of our God?
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Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy: yes, on the harp will I praise you, O God my God.

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my exceeding joy [heb.] the gladness of my joy

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upon

Psalm 57:8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

Psalm 71:22 I will also praise you with the psaltery, even your truth, O my God: …

Psalm 81:2 Take a psalm, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant harp with …

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