Psalm 43

Seeking God's Light and Deliverance



Psalm 43 is a continuation of the psalmist's longing for God's presence and deliverance. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of light, truth, and salvation. We will explore the themes of seeking God's light, finding hope in Him, and the assurance of His steadfast love.

Section 1: Longing for God's Light (vs 1-2)

"Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; deliver me from deceitful and unjust men. For You are the God of my refuge. Why have You rejected me? Why must I walk in sorrow because of the enemy’s oppression?"

Talking Points:

Harmony: John 8:12, "Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.'"


Section 2: Finding Hope in God (vs 3-4)

"Send forth Your light and Your truth; let them lead me. Let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise You with the harp, O God, my God."

Talking Points:

Harmony: John 14:6, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"


Section 3: Assurance of God's Steadfast Love (vs 5)

"Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why the unease within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."



Psalm 43, viewed through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, expresses the psalmist's plea for God's vindication and guidance, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's cry for justice and protection against unjust adversaries reflects our own need for God's intervention, which is ultimately accomplished through Jesus' redemptive work on the cross (Romans 8:33-34).

The psalmist's plea for God to send out His light and truth prefigures Jesus, who declared Himself as the light of the world and the embodiment of truth (John 8:12, John 14:6).

The psalmist's longing to come to God's holy hill and His altar signifies our own desire for fellowship with God, made possible through Jesus, our High Priest and Mediator (Hebrews 4:14-16).

The psalmist's exhortation to put hope in God and praise Him even in the midst of turmoil echoes Jesus' teaching on having faith and rejoicing in all circumstances (Matthew 5:11-12, John 16:33).

Thus, Psalm 43 portrays the plea for God's vindication and guidance, the longing for His presence, and the ultimate fulfillment found in Jesus Christ, our Advocate, and the source of truth, hope, and praise.