Tehillim / Psalms 43, Part 1, The One who pleads on our behalf


This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 43:1-5, the Psalm opens with David asking the Lord to vindicate him saying א   שָׁפְטֵנִי אֱלֹהִים | וְרִיבָה רִיבִי מִגּוֹי לֹא-חָסִיד מֵאִישׁ-מִרְמָה וְעַוְלָה תְפַלְּטֵנִי:  43:1 Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! (NASB)  When David asks the Lord deliver him from an ungodly nation, what nation is he referring to?  He goes on to state the Lord is his strength (ב   כִּי-אַתָּה | אֱלֹהֵי מָעוּזִּי לָמָה זְנַחְתָּנִי לָמָּה-קֹדֵר אֶתְהַלֵּךְ בְּלַחַץ אוֹיֵב: , 43:2 For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? (NASB) He appears to parallel the oppression of his enemy to the Lord rejecting him.  He continues saying ג   שְׁלַח-אוֹרְךָ וַאֲמִתְּךָ הֵמָּה יַנְחוּנִי יְבִיאוּנִי אֶל-הַר-קָדְשְׁךָ וְאֶל-מִשְׁכְּנוֹתֶיךָ:  43:3 O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places.  (NASB)  David asks that the “light” of God goes forth and he states “let them lead me” (הֵמָּה יַנְחוּנִי).  Read more here: Tehillim 43-Part1