God’s Saving Word: Justice and Peace
Psalm 43: Today’s reading begins with the writer’s plea for deliverance from enemies and those who are evil and concludes with an affirmation of trust in God.
The Prayer of Someone in Exile
43 O God, declare me innocent,
and defend my cause against the ungodly;
deliver me from lying and evil people!
2 You are my protector;
why have you abandoned me?
Why must I go on suffering
from the cruelty of my enemies?
3 Send your light and your truth;
may they lead me
and bring me back to Zion, your sacred hill,[a]
and to your Temple, where you live.
4 Then I will go to your altar, O God;
you are the source of my happiness.
I will play my harp and sing praise to you,
O God, my God.
5 Why am I so sad?
Why am I so troubled?
I will put my hope in God,
and once again I will praise him,
my savior and my God.
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 43:5b
I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.
In verses 1 and 2, what does the writer say to God? Have you ever felt this way? If so, what was the circumstance? Verse 5 concludes today’s reading with words of hope and trust. In what ways do you express your hope and trust in God?
Lord God, I put my hope in you and praise you for being my God and savior. Send your light and lead me today in the way of your truth. Amen.
Psalm 53: Human wickedness is once again described.