At times God’s people can feel forgotten or forsaken and find their souls mourning, oppressed, disturbed, and downcast. When the circumstances of life overwhelm us, we can certainly feel this way, and if we do, we need to remember that in Christ Jesus – God is NOT against us (Romans 8:31)!
In psalms 42 & 43 the soul of the psalmist is panting and thirsting for God’s presence, to be with his God in a way so that despair and fear are vanquished, just melted away.
The psalmist knows the thing he ought to be able to do, “put your hope in God.” That is the truth he states over and over to his soul (Psalms 42:5, 11). Yet, despite what he knows and says, his soul remains oppressed in mourning, and he feels forgotten (Psalms 42:9) and rejected (Psalms 43:2). The panting of his soul has brought out a cry for vindication and rescue (Psalms 43:1). Until finally, he makes this victorious request of God: Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. This is it! This is necessary request, this is the one according to God’s will, this is the one God answers, and he knows it! Then, will I go . . . my joy and delight . . . my Savior and my God (Psalms 43:4-5).