“Why are you cast down?
O my soul!
Why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God!
I shall again praise him!
This is an exact repeat of the refrain that ended Psalm 42. The psalmist accused his soul of upsetting him. He was going to hope in God. He would sing his praises again. God was his help. Thus despite some grievances, this northern psalmist still believed and praised God.
“O send out your light!
Send out your truth!
Let them lead me!
Let them bring me to your holy hill!
Let them bring me to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God.
I will go to God.
My exceeding joy.
I will praise you with the harp.
The psalmist wanted God to send light and truth to him. They would lead him to the holy hill in Jerusalem. He would then be able to go to Temple, the dwelling of God. Then he would be happy and joyful praising God on the harp.
Defend my cause
Against an ungodly people!
From those who are deceitful,
From those who are unjust,
You are the God
In whom I take refuge.
Why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
Because of the oppression of the enemy?”
Psalm 43, which was part of Psalm 42, has no title indications and is a very short psalm. The phrases and the themes are a continuation of the preceding psalm. The psalmist wanted to be vindicated. He wanted God to defend his cause against an ungodly people who were deceitful and unjust. He wanted to be rescued. He maintained that he took refuge in God. However, he still wondered why he was cast off. He was in mourning because of his oppressive enemy.