I Shall Yet Praise My Help and My God

This meditation is based on a passage for February 27, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 43

Reflection and Question: Because it ends in the same refrain found in Psalm 42 this cry to God is usually read as the last section of one poem full of wonderful images for God and our feelings about life. The psalmist’s experience of trusting in God, only to be disappointed, has happened to every faithful person. And the response of the poet can be ours, too: “Hope in God, for I shall again praise God, my help and my God.” That God’s faithfulness is deeper than surface circumstance is the psalmist’s and our consolation. When have you cried out with the Psalmist here?

Prayer: O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me;
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy;
And I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. Amen.