1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my causeThere is so much that could be said about this psalm. A decent preacher could spend weeks on it. I won't dig too much into it tonight but...wow...there is so much going on here.
against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!
4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
I can relate so much to what the psalmist is saying here...maybe not to the extreme he is feeling at the moment but I have experienced times where I needed God to defend me. Times when I felt like even God was so far away. Read God's Word and it speak so clearly that I had to make the decision to trust what it said and follow or call God a liar & part from Him. There was a time where I had pulled away so much from God that I was on the verge of leaving the church all together. But, one day, an uncontrollable urge to read the Bible came over me. His Truth lead me back to Him & into a deeper relationship than I could have ever imagined. His Word put an unexplainable, insatiable hunger within me to learn more & more about Him & his only son, Jesus. I love my God so much & so eagerly want to praise Him but my songs & praise alway seem so lacking. I long for the day when I see Him face-to-face & I am able to praise Him like I was created to do.
This psalm reminds me so much of the song, "His Eye is on the Sparrow." I'll list the lyrics below.