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Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
“THE HELP OF MY COUNTENANCE”
The exiled king still pours out his soul to God. Already David has addressed Him as God of my life; here God appeals to David as God of my strength, Psa_43:2, and God, the gladness of my joy, Psa_43:4, r.v., margin. Speak well of thy God, even though His back seems turned on thee!
Thy light and thy truth, Psa_43:3, may refer to the Urim and Thummim. Or we may think of them as two white-vestured angels sent from God’s presence-chamber to guide the exile’s steps back to his home. “Send them forth, commissioned to find me in this lone land and bring me to thine altar.” There seem to be four steps in the approach. Unto thy holy hill-this was Mount Zion. To thy tabernacles, the earthly Presence-chamber. Unto the altar of God. Here is a step in advance. Our altar is the Cross where Jesus died, Heb_13:10. But God’s altar is not enough; we need Him. So we still press on unto God my exceeding joy. Then the hue of health appears on our faces! See Psa_43:5.