The author asks God to send light and truth. They will lead him back to Jerusalem, to hope and exceeding joy.
VERSE 1. Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men.
VERSE 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?
of my strength. The Hebrew word is מָֽעוּזִּי֮ (“maoz”). It means strong fortified place. It is often translated as “stronghold.” The author’s stronghold is not a place, but rather God himself.
VERSE 3. Oh, send out your light and your truth. Let them lead me. Let them bring me to your holy hill, To your tents.
VERSE 4. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy. I will praise you on the harp, God, my God.
God, my exceeding joy. For a believer, God is not doom-and-gloom. He is not ceaseless obligations. Rather, he is exceeding joy!
VERSE 5. Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him: my Savior, my helper, and my God.
Why are you in despair, my soul? To bring himself out of his depressed state, the author talks to himself like a coach would speak to a disheartened team.
Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.