Today we read through chapters 42-46.
Psalm 42 shows David crying out in distress, asking “Why are you cast down, O my soul?” He tells us that despite knowing his hope is in the Lord and in Him alone, he finds himself struggling with doubt, anxiety, and fear. David compares his soul’s thirst for God to that of a deer panting for water. What a beautiful picture for how we should be thirsting after the Lord’s presence. He is our salvation and our strength—we should desire His presence more and more each day.
Chapter 43 is another Psalm in which we see David asking for God to have vengeance over his enemies. Though he seems discouraged that his enemies attack and go against him, he chooses once again to put his trust in the Lord. “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.” (Ps. 43:5).
In the beginning of Psalm 44, we see the author praising the Lord for the ways He delivered His people. He explains that it was not by the work of their hands or weapons that they succeeded, but by the hand of the Father. It is in God and His power that we should boast, not in any of our own abilities. Toward the middle of this Psalm, we see the author change their tone, as they are now crying out to the Lord in distress, asking why He has rejected them, calling upon Him for help. The rest of the chapter is spent in petition to the Lord, asking for Him to rescue them from their enemies. “Redeem us for the sake of Your steadfast love!” (Ps. 44:26b).
Psalm 45 is a picture of the Gospel. It discusses the majesty of the King—his grace and mercy that last always. He is on the throne, ruling and reigning forever. His name shall be remembered by all generations, and he shall be praised forever and ever!
Psalm 46 is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible. It begins by saying that God is our refuge and strength in times of trouble. We have no reason to fear, for He is with us always. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” This verse has been one of the most encouraging, comforting pieces of scripture that I have read. The command to “be still” is one that brings peace to my spirit. It reminds me that I do not have any control over my circumstances, and that I only need to be still and trust in Him. God alone is sovereign over all, and I should put my faith and hope in Him alone. He will act on my behalf; all I must do is wait on Him!