Psalm 43: “Send Your Light”
Although not directly identified as such, it is very possible that Psalm 43 is a continuation of Psalm 42. Together, they make three stanzas and share a refrain (42:5, 11, 43:2), and 42:9 is almost identical to 43:2 (via the ESV Study Bible). With that in mind, the psalmist (one or more of the sons of Korah) pleads for vindication from the Lord. We again see the description of the Lord as the refuge and we see the confidence they have in the Lord in times of great trouble. Verse 3 is remarkable, as it points us to Jesus. I don’t think it was any coincidence that Jesus, in John 8:12 said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Or when John says in 1 John 1:5, “this is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Jesus was also called the truth (see John 14:6), as He is here in verse 3. When the psalmist(s) recognize that the Lord will intervene, the response of exceeding joy and hope results (4-5). What great confidence we have in the Father, who is light. When was the last time we prayed for the light and truth to be sent? When was the last time we had so much confidence, that it resulted in exceeding joy? Something to think about when we are down.