Praying Through: Psalm 43

The Psalm

Psalm 43 (CSB)
1 Vindicate me, God, and champion my cause against an unfaithful nation; rescue me from the deceitful and unjust person.

2 For you are the God of my refuge. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about in sorrow because of the enemy’s oppression?

3 Send your light and your truth; let them lead me. Let them bring me to your holy mountain, to your dwelling place.

4 Then I will come to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise you with the lyre, God, my God.

5 Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.

The Prayer

My Only Vindicator

When will I know   when those who would cause me harm   have hurt me   betrayed me   abandoned me   and discard me   that I am sorrowful for that hurt   and I grieve   and I am angry for what was done   because I have been hurt

But for most of my life   I have let that fester into   rage   vengeance   and wrath

It has taken me all of my life   to know   that rage is a sin   vengeance belongs to you, O Lord   and you alone are deserving of wrath

But here is the key   in you great love   you sent your Son   so that for your people   for the salvation of those you have elected   you pour your wrath   not on us   but on your Son   because he is the Worthy Lamb that was slain   holy holy holy is he

Cleansed my heart   of my wickedness   in thinking I am God   I am not Never will I be you

Save us   and keep us in your mercy   shower us with grace   and give us your steadfast love   for all of our days

I love you Lord   thank you for saving me

Save those whom I know and care for and love