Psalms > Chapter 43 > Verse 5 Korah was the grandson of Kohath. Bible Language English. In the two former instances they are followed by a fresh burst of pained feeling. 1983-1999. "This psalm is either a part of the previous one or is closely connected with it." … NLT: New Living Translation . The dreary monotony of complaint. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-43.html. Why so disturbed within me? Though it appear to tarry, we must wait for it. ), The psalmist’s remonstrance with his soul. That was the experience of the Lord, and it may be the experience of the servant. When adversaries falsely accuse us, we who are believers can find comfort and encouragement in the fact that ultimately God will vindicate us and bring us into His presence. Psalms 43:4 : Psalms 44:1 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. This Psalm seems to have been composed by the same author, and upon the same occasion with the former. Those who are entire strangers to disquietude and dejection—. The vast majority of commentators treat the two psalms as a unified composition. Why so disturbed within me? The “I” here is the whole united and harmonized self, in which the emotions, affections, passions and lower desires obey the reins and whip of the higher nature. There are a great many of our griefs, and moods, and sorrows that will not stand that question. It is possible, in the midst of change and circumstances that excite sad emotions, anxieties, and fears-it is possible to have this calmness of hope in God. See notes on Psalms 42:5 for the whole of this verse. God would have us to learn and know that He Himself is an all-sufficient comforter, apart from any outward helps or earthly sympathy. 1. Why art thou cast down?” We cannot control our thoughts nor our moods directly, but we can do a great deal to regulate, modify and diminish those of them that need diminishing, and increase those of them that need to be increased, by looking at the reasons for them. When they came at the castle gate, they knocked for entrance with an unusual noise. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. It is a miserable travesty of the Christian faith to suppose that its prime purpose is anything else than to put into our hands the power of ruling ourselves because we let Christ rule us. Ver. If we realize that He loves us, we shall know that He will use all these resources for our good. IT has pleased God to suffer many of his most eminent servants to be in trouble, and to record their experience for our benefit, that we, when in similar circumstances, may know, that we are not walking in an untrodden path, and that we may see how to demean ourselves aright. 3. The whole preceding parts of both the psalms, before this refrain, are an answer to the question which my text puts. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/shh/psalms-43.html. Psalms 43:5. Hope in God!’. III. Just as Jonah, even after being swallowed by the great fish, exclaimed, "Yet will I look unto thy holy temple ... and yet ... my prayer came in unto thee, into thy holy temple"; just so, here the oppressed, taunted and tearful mourner, shouted the third time, "I shall yet praise Him." Why art thou cast down? And then comes quiet; and then there comes aspiration. Thou hast been, and still art; the refuge of all thine exercised family, and in thee alone repose is found for every weary, tried, and afflicted soul. and why art thou disquieted within me?” The words tell of--. We should say therefore with Job, “When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold [Note: Job 23:10. Several psalms in Book 2 of the Psalms have "the sons of Korah" at the top. What reason have you for wishing to come in? The Psalmist is in circumstances of trouble and sorrow. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-43.html. The efficacy of this principle for the space of three thousand six hundred years is declared in the 11th chapter to the Hebrews; toward the close of which, we are told what it enabled them to do [Note: Hebrews 11:33-34. now that I am here, what hast thou to say about these sorrows that thou hast been complaining about? The second thing that troubled this holy man was the blasphemous words of wicked men. Thus he can with even more confidence call on his soul and ask it why is it so disquieted simply because of these troubles that have beset him. 4. In our darkest hours we should hold fast this confidence, “I shall yet praise him [Note: Compare Psalms 118:17-18. with the text. God is the God of all his people; yea, he dwells in them [Note: 2 Corinthians 6:16. NKJV Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Study Bible. It is very advisable and useful to act as the psalmist did, and institute the inquiry as to the reason of our despondence. We should ‘appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober.’ And if a man will be honest with himself, and tell himself why he is in such a pucker of terror, or why he is in such a rapture of joy, nine times out of ten the attempt to tell the reasons will be the condemnation of the mood which they are supposed to justify. Why art thou disquieted? BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. Why art thou cast down - Though our deliverance be delayed, God has not forgotten to be gracious. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. ]: and as those who are now in heaven were once in great tribulation like ourselves [Note: Revelation 7:14. Psalms 43:4. Why have you rejected me? But the keynote of hope is love. Go to. There are hosts of people who, making profession of being Christians, do not habitually put the brake on their moods and tempers, and who seem to think that it is a sufficient vindication of gloom and sadness to say that things are going badly with them in the outer world, and who act as if they supposed that no joy can be too exuberant and no elation too lofty if, on the other hand, things are going rightly. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/psalms-43.html. Oh to live more continually under the influence of that glorious light of the assured future, when our lips shall be loosed to give forth His praise, and when we shall have learned that every sorrow, disappointment, loss, painful effort, all that here seemed kindred with darkness, was really but a modification of light, and was a thing to be thankful for. Psalm 42 Psalm 44 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. 2. And what a sweet assurance does God himself teach us also to derive from the same source [Note: Isaiah 49:14-16.]! There we will serve and praise Him. 3Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. See "Treasury of David, "Vol. 1832. That is like what you and I do with our sorrows. The soul may be bowed down by the burden of wilful sin, neglected duty, or worldly indulgence. Yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. Hence it is said in Psalms 37:1, “Fret not thyself,” etc. And so by degrees it will rise above the tide, and at last will keep it out. If God be thine, why this dejection? I. God’s children are sensible of such things. Psalm 43 - Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Many things conduce to it. Ver. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. The refrain in the two psalms (Psalms 42:5, 11; 43:5) is the clearest sign of their unity. But the guiding self keeps the hand firm on the tiller, notwithstanding the wash of the water and the rolling of the ship, and the dominant will conquers at last, and at the third time the yielding soul obeys and is quiet, because the Psalmist’s will resolved that it should be quiet, and it hopes in God because He, by a dead lift of effort, lifts it up to hope. ]; and ends, like the former, with a third time condemning his own impatience, and encouraging his soul to trust in God. 42:11). Your Throne, O God, Is Forever. “Why art thou cast down,” etc. ], and what to suffer [Note: Hebrews 11:36-37.]. Psalm 43 - Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. so it does in some measure, but there is only one case in which there is a real bearing up over the troubles, and that is where the hope is in God. Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God.". On the contrary, we would propose to you, in reference to that exemption, the very same things as we recommended to others in reference to their distresses. 312-562 of "The Works of Dr. Nathanael Homes, "1652 (folio). It would be like pouring cold water into a kettle on the fire. (R. Sibbes). Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Everything has two handles. There is a court of appeal in each man which tests and tries his reasons for his moods; and these, which look very sufficient to the flesh, turn out to be very insufficient when investigated and tested by the higher spirit or self. He has all the resources of the universe at His control. 42:5) and (See Gill on Psalms ‘Why art thou cast down,’ or lifted ‘up,’ and, in either case, ‘disquieted’? Did you ever see a child upon a swing, or a gymnast upon a trapeze? ].”, But, above all, “encourage yourself in God.” This is what David did in the text, and on another most memorable occasion [Note: 1 Samuel 30:1-6.]. And there is no way of getting and keeping a fixed temper of still tranquillity unless we go into that deep and hidden chamber, in the secret place of the Most High, where we cannot ‘hear the loud winds when they call,’ but dwell in security, whatever storms harass the land. But observe--, 1. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? . by HENRY MARCH, there is an exposition of this Psalm. Then energy comes hack to the languid and relaxed limbs, and the man that was lying on his face in the dust starts to his feet, ready for strenuous effort and for noble service. Fie, my soul! NKJV Giant Print Center-Column Reference Bible, Imitation Leather, Expresson/Auburn. All progress in religion seems to be from dark to dark. King James Version (KJV) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-43.html. Why have you rejected me? for grace to adopt these precious words, and this well founded resolution in divine strength, which thousands have done before, and thousands have found efficacy in, Hope thou in God, O my soul, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. All your expectation must be from Him, “with whom there is mercy and plenteous redemption.” If you will but turn to him in earnest, you have nothing to fear: for his word to you is, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”]. These words occur thrice, at short, intervals, in this and the preceding psalm. This is the direction which God himself gives us: he reminds us of his wisdom and power to over-rule our trials for good; and exhorts us, when weary and fainting, to wait on him as our all-sufficient Helper [Note: Isaiah 40:28-31.]. Read verse in New International Version We see that at the end of the psalm, none of the circumstances of the psalmist had changed – only his attitude, and what a difference that made. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Learn more. The deep-seated and central faith in God which marks a religious man ought to permeate all his nature to the very outskirts and circumference of his being. And it is to purify us as “vessels of honour,” that God subjects us to the fiery trial. BibliographyPett, Peter. “Why art thou cast down,” why dost thou still continue to be cast down, O my soul? He has fits of deep depression, followed by, and sometimes even accompanied with, fits of restless complaining and murmuring. III. 5. Quite obviously the division into two psalms has been a mistake, for the whole constitutes one composition. The psalm before us was evidently written on the same occasion: it contains the same complaints [Note: Compare 42:9. with 43:2. Psalms 43:5. The writer encouraged himself with the confidence that he would yet praise God for His deliverance. And we may know when this measure is exceeded if our mourning and sorrow do not bring us to God, but drives us from God. This final truth has confirmed his faith and made him sure of his deliverance. The aspect of any event depends largely on the beholder’s point of view. There are plenty of people who, making profession of being Christians, do not habitually put the break on their moods and tempers, and who seem to think that it is a sufficient vindication of gloom and sadness to say that things are going badly with them in the outer world, and who act as if they supposed that no joy can be too exuberant and no elation too lofty if, on the other hand, things are going rightly. The remedy to which the psalmist turns: he first reflects upon and expostulates with his soul, and then bids it. Psalm 43:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? And next season they will not need to begin to build from quite so low down, but there will be a bit of the former left to put the new structure upon. IV. ],”) and he only can remove them. Not one moment of trial but what is necessary for the soul’s discipline, and shall minister to the soul’s best condition. What is meant by casting down, and why doth he find fault with himself for it? Psalm 43 Meaning The Psalmist is Depressed So, in Psalm 43, the psalmist speaks to us about being depressed or cast down. Even if you fail this time, still the failure has left some increased capacity for the next attempt, and God helping, the next time will be successful. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. “There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”. Why art thou cast down, O my soul?”--question yourselves about your moods, and especially about your sad moods, and you will have gone a long way to make yourselves bigger and happier people than you have ever been before. . hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God. I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Honest cut her down at one blow. MacEllar. . Speak them once again, and let us have a look at them.’. 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When adversaries falsely accuse us, we who are believers can find comfort and encouragement in the fact that ultimately God will vindicate us and bring us into His presence. Psalms 43:4 : Psalms 44:1 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. This Psalm seems to have been composed by the same author, and upon the same occasion with the former. Those who are entire strangers to disquietude and dejection—. The vast majority of commentators treat the two psalms as a unified composition. Why so disturbed within me? The “I” here is the whole united and harmonized self, in which the emotions, affections, passions and lower desires obey the reins and whip of the higher nature. There are a great many of our griefs, and moods, and sorrows that will not stand that question. It is possible, in the midst of change and circumstances that excite sad emotions, anxieties, and fears-it is possible to have this calmness of hope in God. See notes on Psalms 42:5 for the whole of this verse. God would have us to learn and know that He Himself is an all-sufficient comforter, apart from any outward helps or earthly sympathy. 1. Why art thou cast down?” We cannot control our thoughts nor our moods directly, but we can do a great deal to regulate, modify and diminish those of them that need diminishing, and increase those of them that need to be increased, by looking at the reasons for them. When they came at the castle gate, they knocked for entrance with an unusual noise. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. It is a miserable travesty of the Christian faith to suppose that its prime purpose is anything else than to put into our hands the power of ruling ourselves because we let Christ rule us. Ver. If we realize that He loves us, we shall know that He will use all these resources for our good. IT has pleased God to suffer many of his most eminent servants to be in trouble, and to record their experience for our benefit, that we, when in similar circumstances, may know, that we are not walking in an untrodden path, and that we may see how to demean ourselves aright. 3. The whole preceding parts of both the psalms, before this refrain, are an answer to the question which my text puts. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/shh/psalms-43.html. Psalms 43:5. Hope in God!’. III. Just as Jonah, even after being swallowed by the great fish, exclaimed, "Yet will I look unto thy holy temple ... and yet ... my prayer came in unto thee, into thy holy temple"; just so, here the oppressed, taunted and tearful mourner, shouted the third time, "I shall yet praise Him." Why art thou cast down? And then comes quiet; and then there comes aspiration. Thou hast been, and still art; the refuge of all thine exercised family, and in thee alone repose is found for every weary, tried, and afflicted soul. and why art thou disquieted within me?” The words tell of--. We should say therefore with Job, “When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold [Note: Job 23:10. Several psalms in Book 2 of the Psalms have "the sons of Korah" at the top. What reason have you for wishing to come in? The Psalmist is in circumstances of trouble and sorrow. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-43.html. The efficacy of this principle for the space of three thousand six hundred years is declared in the 11th chapter to the Hebrews; toward the close of which, we are told what it enabled them to do [Note: Hebrews 11:33-34. now that I am here, what hast thou to say about these sorrows that thou hast been complaining about? The second thing that troubled this holy man was the blasphemous words of wicked men. Thus he can with even more confidence call on his soul and ask it why is it so disquieted simply because of these troubles that have beset him. 4. In our darkest hours we should hold fast this confidence, “I shall yet praise him [Note: Compare Psalms 118:17-18. with the text. God is the God of all his people; yea, he dwells in them [Note: 2 Corinthians 6:16. NKJV Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Study Bible. It is very advisable and useful to act as the psalmist did, and institute the inquiry as to the reason of our despondence. We should ‘appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober.’ And if a man will be honest with himself, and tell himself why he is in such a pucker of terror, or why he is in such a rapture of joy, nine times out of ten the attempt to tell the reasons will be the condemnation of the mood which they are supposed to justify. Why art thou disquieted? BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. Why art thou cast down - Though our deliverance be delayed, God has not forgotten to be gracious. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. ]: and as those who are now in heaven were once in great tribulation like ourselves [Note: Revelation 7:14. Psalms 43:4. Why have you rejected me? But the keynote of hope is love. Go to. There are hosts of people who, making profession of being Christians, do not habitually put the brake on their moods and tempers, and who seem to think that it is a sufficient vindication of gloom and sadness to say that things are going badly with them in the outer world, and who act as if they supposed that no joy can be too exuberant and no elation too lofty if, on the other hand, things are going rightly. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/psalms-43.html. Oh to live more continually under the influence of that glorious light of the assured future, when our lips shall be loosed to give forth His praise, and when we shall have learned that every sorrow, disappointment, loss, painful effort, all that here seemed kindred with darkness, was really but a modification of light, and was a thing to be thankful for. Psalm 42 Psalm 44 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. 2. And what a sweet assurance does God himself teach us also to derive from the same source [Note: Isaiah 49:14-16.]! There we will serve and praise Him. 3Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. See "Treasury of David, "Vol. 1832. That is like what you and I do with our sorrows. The soul may be bowed down by the burden of wilful sin, neglected duty, or worldly indulgence. Yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. Hence it is said in Psalms 37:1, “Fret not thyself,” etc. And so by degrees it will rise above the tide, and at last will keep it out. If God be thine, why this dejection? I. God’s children are sensible of such things. Psalm 43 - Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Many things conduce to it. Ver. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. The refrain in the two psalms (Psalms 42:5, 11; 43:5) is the clearest sign of their unity. But the guiding self keeps the hand firm on the tiller, notwithstanding the wash of the water and the rolling of the ship, and the dominant will conquers at last, and at the third time the yielding soul obeys and is quiet, because the Psalmist’s will resolved that it should be quiet, and it hopes in God because He, by a dead lift of effort, lifts it up to hope. ]; and ends, like the former, with a third time condemning his own impatience, and encouraging his soul to trust in God. 42:11). Your Throne, O God, Is Forever. “Why art thou cast down,” etc. ], and what to suffer [Note: Hebrews 11:36-37.]. Psalm 43 - Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. so it does in some measure, but there is only one case in which there is a real bearing up over the troubles, and that is where the hope is in God. Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God.". On the contrary, we would propose to you, in reference to that exemption, the very same things as we recommended to others in reference to their distresses. 312-562 of "The Works of Dr. Nathanael Homes, "1652 (folio). It would be like pouring cold water into a kettle on the fire. (R. Sibbes). Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Everything has two handles. There is a court of appeal in each man which tests and tries his reasons for his moods; and these, which look very sufficient to the flesh, turn out to be very insufficient when investigated and tested by the higher spirit or self. He has all the resources of the universe at His control. 42:5) and (See Gill on Psalms ‘Why art thou cast down,’ or lifted ‘up,’ and, in either case, ‘disquieted’? Did you ever see a child upon a swing, or a gymnast upon a trapeze? ].”, But, above all, “encourage yourself in God.” This is what David did in the text, and on another most memorable occasion [Note: 1 Samuel 30:1-6.]. And there is no way of getting and keeping a fixed temper of still tranquillity unless we go into that deep and hidden chamber, in the secret place of the Most High, where we cannot ‘hear the loud winds when they call,’ but dwell in security, whatever storms harass the land. But observe--, 1. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? . by HENRY MARCH, there is an exposition of this Psalm. Then energy comes hack to the languid and relaxed limbs, and the man that was lying on his face in the dust starts to his feet, ready for strenuous effort and for noble service. Fie, my soul! NKJV Giant Print Center-Column Reference Bible, Imitation Leather, Expresson/Auburn. All progress in religion seems to be from dark to dark. King James Version (KJV) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-43.html. Why have you rejected me? for grace to adopt these precious words, and this well founded resolution in divine strength, which thousands have done before, and thousands have found efficacy in, Hope thou in God, O my soul, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. All your expectation must be from Him, “with whom there is mercy and plenteous redemption.” If you will but turn to him in earnest, you have nothing to fear: for his word to you is, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”]. These words occur thrice, at short, intervals, in this and the preceding psalm. This is the direction which God himself gives us: he reminds us of his wisdom and power to over-rule our trials for good; and exhorts us, when weary and fainting, to wait on him as our all-sufficient Helper [Note: Isaiah 40:28-31.]. Read verse in New International Version We see that at the end of the psalm, none of the circumstances of the psalmist had changed – only his attitude, and what a difference that made. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Learn more. The deep-seated and central faith in God which marks a religious man ought to permeate all his nature to the very outskirts and circumference of his being. And it is to purify us as “vessels of honour,” that God subjects us to the fiery trial. BibliographyPett, Peter. “Why art thou cast down,” why dost thou still continue to be cast down, O my soul? He has fits of deep depression, followed by, and sometimes even accompanied with, fits of restless complaining and murmuring. III. 5. Quite obviously the division into two psalms has been a mistake, for the whole constitutes one composition. The psalm before us was evidently written on the same occasion: it contains the same complaints [Note: Compare 42:9. with 43:2. Psalms 43:5. The writer encouraged himself with the confidence that he would yet praise God for His deliverance. And we may know when this measure is exceeded if our mourning and sorrow do not bring us to God, but drives us from God. This final truth has confirmed his faith and made him sure of his deliverance. The aspect of any event depends largely on the beholder’s point of view. There are plenty of people who, making profession of being Christians, do not habitually put the break on their moods and tempers, and who seem to think that it is a sufficient vindication of gloom and sadness to say that things are going badly with them in the outer world, and who act as if they supposed that no joy can be too exuberant and no elation too lofty if, on the other hand, things are going rightly. The remedy to which the psalmist turns: he first reflects upon and expostulates with his soul, and then bids it. Psalm 43:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? And next season they will not need to begin to build from quite so low down, but there will be a bit of the former left to put the new structure upon. IV. ],”) and he only can remove them. Not one moment of trial but what is necessary for the soul’s discipline, and shall minister to the soul’s best condition. What is meant by casting down, and why doth he find fault with himself for it? Psalm 43 Meaning The Psalmist is Depressed So, in Psalm 43, the psalmist speaks to us about being depressed or cast down. Even if you fail this time, still the failure has left some increased capacity for the next attempt, and God helping, the next time will be successful. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. “There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”. Why art thou cast down, O my soul?”--question yourselves about your moods, and especially about your sad moods, and you will have gone a long way to make yourselves bigger and happier people than you have ever been before. . hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God. I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Honest cut her down at one blow. MacEllar. . Speak them once again, and let us have a look at them.’. See Goldingay, Psalms 42-89 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007); Seybold, Die Psalmen (Tübigen: Mohr, … and why art thou disquieted within me? In "Sabbaths at Home." Therefore he should continue to hope in Him (cf. Did you ever see a child upon a swing, or a gymnast upon a trapeze? They appear there twice, and here once. BibliographyGill, John. 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psalm 43:5 commentary

The words: I shall praise him, here refer back to: I will praise him in Psalms 43:4. I. Thrice he does it; twice in vain, for the trouble and anxiety come rolling back upon him in spite of the moment’s respite, but the third time he triumphs. "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". Brethren! Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. Obviously this little psalm, of which my text is a part, was originally united with the preceding one. "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". To put it was the first struggle to strip off the poisoned sackcloth in which he had wrapped himself. ].” If it arise from the temptations of Satan, take not all the blame to yourselves; but cast a good measure of it at least on him from whom they proceed. The disquietude of the Psalmist himself arose in a measure from this source: and therefore we must not wonder if heavy losses, and cruel treatment from our near friends, or troubles of any other kind, should weigh down the spirits of those who have made less attainments in the divine life. Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Living souls never can take up their rest any where short of a … Psalm 43:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? We should generally find that in the dealings of Providence there is no cause whatever for the soul to be east down. (A. Maclaren, D. D.). Then they fought for their lives, and Giant Despair was brought down to the ground, but was very loath to die. III. "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". I. Moods and emotions should be examined and governed by a higher self. As our hearts are framed we need help from habit, from outward expression, from worship, from voice and ear, from sympathy and exhortation, from words and sacraments. [We are far from congratulating you on your exemption from such feelings as these. Who ever committed, himself for acceptance with God the Father to the blood and righteousness of his dear Son, and was sent empty away? A. Thus we enter further into the secret of God’s covenant. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.5Why, my soul, are you downcast? Just think what it is to hope in God! Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} (Morgan) In fact, in a number of ancient Hebrew manuscripts Psalm 42 and Psalm 43 are joined together as one unity. BibliographyHawker, Robert, D.D. I. (J. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible. 2. The soul that is to be quickened from its torpor, and to be quieted from its restlessness, must be led to God, and, grasping Him, then it is able to coerce these other feelings, which, apart from Him, have, and ought to have, the field to themselves. If the wheelhouse, and the stearing gear, and the rudder of the ship proclaim their purpose of guidance and direction, as eloquently and unmistakably does She make of our inward selves tell us that emotions and moods and tempers are meant to be governed, often to be crushed, always to be moderated by sovereign will and reason. It is a miserable travesty of the Christian faith to suppose that its prime purpose is anything else than to put into our hands the power of ruling ourselves because we let Christ rule us. Why art thou troubled, my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? In the psalmist’s language, “my soul” has to give account of its tremors and flutterings to “Me,” the ruling Self, who should be Lord of temperament and control the fluctuations of feeling. 1832. The conquering hope. Chapter 43 This psalm, it is likely, was penned upon the same occasion with the former, and, having no title, may be looked upon as an appendix to it; the malady presently returning, he had immediate recourse to the same remedy, because he had entered it in his book, with a … Psalms 43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Why am I discouraged? This verse, which closes this psalm, occurs twice in the previous one. In the Psalmist’s language, ‘My soul’ has to give account of its tremors and flutterings to ‘Me,’ the ruling Self, who should be Lord of temperament, and control the fluctuations of feeling. No amount of religious fervour, or doctrinal knowledge will keep the heart glad in which is the consciousness of wrong. DD. and why art thou disquieted within me?’ The answer is often very hard to give; the question is always very salutary to ask. Kohath was the son of Levi. It only weakens your hands, and discourages your heart, and dishonours your God. Psalms 43:5. The dew of love is falling, O withering heart, revive. (A. Maclaren, D. D.). It is a kind of refrain. On the one hand is deep dejection. “Why art thou cast down?” And yet, side by side with that torpid dejection, there is a noisy restlessness. Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him, the salvation of my countenance and my God. Psalm 43:1-5. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. There are not only the difficulties of the Christian course--its dangers, trials, sorrows, disappointments, etc., but--. The Psalmist was con versant with afflictions of every kind. Other scriptures speak mostly from God to us; but in the Psalms this holy man doth speak mostly to God and his own soul; so that this psalm is an expostulation of David with his own soul in a troubled estate; when being banished from the house of God, he expostulates the matter with his soul: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Even amidst the perturbations of the sensitive nature of the poet-psalmist, his inmost self was resting upon God. (A. Maclaren, D. D.). What he had prayed for he already anticipates, in the confidence of faith. The aspect of any event depends largely on the beholder’s point of view. Why the soul is bowed down and disquieted. In the end it will come, and will not tarry; why then should we be discouraged? "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". it is not well for the soul to rest there. Psalms 43:5 * EXPOSITION. . Most interpreters today treat Psalms 42 and 43 as one psalm because a number of Hebrew manuscripts present the psalms together in one text and because the psalms share vocabulary and themes.1 The refrain in the two psalms (Psalms 42:5, 11; 43:5) is the clearest sign of their unity. They are probably separate psalms, linked by a common problem: spiritual depression. III. Try it for 30 days FREE. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? BLESSED Jesus! At that the old giant comes to the gate; and Diffidence his wife follows Then these six men made up to him, and beset him behind and before; also, when Diffidence the giantess came up to help him, old Mr. ], and is, as it were, the very life of their souls [Note: Colossians 3:4.]. You remember that, like the psalmist, He prayed three times there, and twice came back, not having received His desire, and the third time He did receive it. Because it breeds disquieting. “Hope thou in God.” Ah! A soul that is lively in grace cannot endure to live under small means of salvation. This psalm was penned by David, which shows the passions of his soul; for God’s children know the estate of their own souls for the strengthening of their trust and bettering their obedience. Commentary. 1859. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 43:5". New York. The soul may be bowed down for lack of the old help and strength got from the means of grace. Why art thou cast down? His expostulation with himself. But note--, III. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-43.html. 4. For he knows that God must eventually release him so that he may yet go to the House of God to praise Him, for God is the one who is his constant aid and sustainer, and is his God. The word employed describes the attitude of a man lying prone and prostrate, grovelling on the ground. II. — — —, Next, expostulate with yourself; “O my soul, why art thou thus callous and insensible? Note that no reasons for being cast down are so strong as those for elation and calm hope. 2013. 2. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". and why art thou disquieted within me? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-43.html. There is a court of appeal in each man, which tests and tries his reasons for his moods; and these, which look very sufficient to the flesh, turn out to be very insufficient when investigated and tested by the higher spirit or self. ], [We do not think that God often hides his face from men without some immediate provocation: but we dare not to say that he never does; because he is sovereign in the disposal of his gifts; and because he withdrew the light of his countenance from Job without any flagrant transgression on the part of his servant to deserve it. 1 Whether Psalms 42 and 43 were originally one psalm that was divided into two (similar to Psalm 9-10), or whether Psalm 43 was composed as a later poem to augment or accompany Psalm 42 is not known. “Why art thou NOT cast down, O my soul? wherefore didst thou doubt? Let all the tyrants in the world do their worst to a Christian; if God be with him he is cheerful still. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/psalms-43.html. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. And why art thou disquieted within me? A close and uniform walk with God is productive of peace: but declensions from him bring guilt upon the conscience, together with many other attendant evils. As the wheel-house, and the steering gear, and the rudder of the ship proclaim their purpose of guidance and direction, so eloquently and unmistakably does the make of our inward selves tell us that emotions and moods and tempers are meant to be governed, often to be crushed, always to be moderated, by sovereign will and reason. why art thou disquieted?” There are two things here, apparently, opposite to each other, and yet both of them present in the fluctuating and stormy emotions of the poet. The psalmist’s charge to his soul. There is everything to make us do so! And while there is an all-sufficient God on whom to rely, you need not fear though earth and hell should be combined against you [Note: Psalms 11:1; Psalms 11:4; Psalms 27:1; Psalms 27:3; Psalms 125:1.]. What cause is there to break the repose of thy heart? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-43.html. ], so shall we in due season be with them, freed from all remains of sin and sorrow. ? Thus must we wait, however long the promise may seem to tarry [Note: Habakkuk 2:3. 2. That is what the New Testament means when it says, "Having done all, stand," Ephesians 6;13). Not as Nabal (1 Samuel 25:36-37). The antidote supplied--“Hope thou in God.” Yes, it is the want of faith that is at the root of all fearful despair, and faith, trust and hope are the remedy, the cure of the soul’s disease and spirit’s gloom. Note that there are two ways of looking at causes of dejection and disquiet. "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". I. David’s perplexed estate. And if those professors of religion who complain so much of their doubts and fears, would examine faithfully the causes of their disquietude, they might trace it up to secret neglects of duty, or to some lust harboured and indulged — — —], [Doubtless this wicked fiend is an occasion of much trouble to the people of God; else his temptations had not been characterized as “fiery darts [Note: Ephesians 6:16. and why art thou NOT disquieted within me?” Does it not proceed from an ignorance of your own state, and from an unconcern about that account which you must soon give of yourself at the judgment-seat of Christ? Bible > Psalms > Chapter 43 > Verse 5 Korah was the grandson of Kohath. Bible Language English. In the two former instances they are followed by a fresh burst of pained feeling. 1983-1999. "This psalm is either a part of the previous one or is closely connected with it." … NLT: New Living Translation . The dreary monotony of complaint. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-43.html. Why so disturbed within me? Though it appear to tarry, we must wait for it. ), The psalmist’s remonstrance with his soul. That was the experience of the Lord, and it may be the experience of the servant. When adversaries falsely accuse us, we who are believers can find comfort and encouragement in the fact that ultimately God will vindicate us and bring us into His presence. Psalms 43:4 : Psalms 44:1 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. This Psalm seems to have been composed by the same author, and upon the same occasion with the former. Those who are entire strangers to disquietude and dejection—. The vast majority of commentators treat the two psalms as a unified composition. Why so disturbed within me? The “I” here is the whole united and harmonized self, in which the emotions, affections, passions and lower desires obey the reins and whip of the higher nature. There are a great many of our griefs, and moods, and sorrows that will not stand that question. It is possible, in the midst of change and circumstances that excite sad emotions, anxieties, and fears-it is possible to have this calmness of hope in God. See notes on Psalms 42:5 for the whole of this verse. God would have us to learn and know that He Himself is an all-sufficient comforter, apart from any outward helps or earthly sympathy. 1. Why art thou cast down?” We cannot control our thoughts nor our moods directly, but we can do a great deal to regulate, modify and diminish those of them that need diminishing, and increase those of them that need to be increased, by looking at the reasons for them. When they came at the castle gate, they knocked for entrance with an unusual noise. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. It is a miserable travesty of the Christian faith to suppose that its prime purpose is anything else than to put into our hands the power of ruling ourselves because we let Christ rule us. Ver. If we realize that He loves us, we shall know that He will use all these resources for our good. IT has pleased God to suffer many of his most eminent servants to be in trouble, and to record their experience for our benefit, that we, when in similar circumstances, may know, that we are not walking in an untrodden path, and that we may see how to demean ourselves aright. 3. The whole preceding parts of both the psalms, before this refrain, are an answer to the question which my text puts. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/shh/psalms-43.html. Psalms 43:5. Hope in God!’. III. Just as Jonah, even after being swallowed by the great fish, exclaimed, "Yet will I look unto thy holy temple ... and yet ... my prayer came in unto thee, into thy holy temple"; just so, here the oppressed, taunted and tearful mourner, shouted the third time, "I shall yet praise Him." Why art thou cast down? And then comes quiet; and then there comes aspiration. Thou hast been, and still art; the refuge of all thine exercised family, and in thee alone repose is found for every weary, tried, and afflicted soul. and why art thou disquieted within me?” The words tell of--. We should say therefore with Job, “When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold [Note: Job 23:10. Several psalms in Book 2 of the Psalms have "the sons of Korah" at the top. What reason have you for wishing to come in? The Psalmist is in circumstances of trouble and sorrow. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-43.html. The efficacy of this principle for the space of three thousand six hundred years is declared in the 11th chapter to the Hebrews; toward the close of which, we are told what it enabled them to do [Note: Hebrews 11:33-34. now that I am here, what hast thou to say about these sorrows that thou hast been complaining about? The second thing that troubled this holy man was the blasphemous words of wicked men. Thus he can with even more confidence call on his soul and ask it why is it so disquieted simply because of these troubles that have beset him. 4. In our darkest hours we should hold fast this confidence, “I shall yet praise him [Note: Compare Psalms 118:17-18. with the text. God is the God of all his people; yea, he dwells in them [Note: 2 Corinthians 6:16. NKJV Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Study Bible. It is very advisable and useful to act as the psalmist did, and institute the inquiry as to the reason of our despondence. We should ‘appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober.’ And if a man will be honest with himself, and tell himself why he is in such a pucker of terror, or why he is in such a rapture of joy, nine times out of ten the attempt to tell the reasons will be the condemnation of the mood which they are supposed to justify. Why art thou disquieted? BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. Why art thou cast down - Though our deliverance be delayed, God has not forgotten to be gracious. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. ]: and as those who are now in heaven were once in great tribulation like ourselves [Note: Revelation 7:14. Psalms 43:4. Why have you rejected me? But the keynote of hope is love. Go to. There are hosts of people who, making profession of being Christians, do not habitually put the brake on their moods and tempers, and who seem to think that it is a sufficient vindication of gloom and sadness to say that things are going badly with them in the outer world, and who act as if they supposed that no joy can be too exuberant and no elation too lofty if, on the other hand, things are going rightly. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/psalms-43.html. Oh to live more continually under the influence of that glorious light of the assured future, when our lips shall be loosed to give forth His praise, and when we shall have learned that every sorrow, disappointment, loss, painful effort, all that here seemed kindred with darkness, was really but a modification of light, and was a thing to be thankful for. Psalm 42 Psalm 44 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. 2. And what a sweet assurance does God himself teach us also to derive from the same source [Note: Isaiah 49:14-16.]! There we will serve and praise Him. 3Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. See "Treasury of David, "Vol. 1832. That is like what you and I do with our sorrows. The soul may be bowed down by the burden of wilful sin, neglected duty, or worldly indulgence. Yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. Hence it is said in Psalms 37:1, “Fret not thyself,” etc. And so by degrees it will rise above the tide, and at last will keep it out. If God be thine, why this dejection? I. God’s children are sensible of such things. Psalm 43 - Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Many things conduce to it. Ver. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. The refrain in the two psalms (Psalms 42:5, 11; 43:5) is the clearest sign of their unity. But the guiding self keeps the hand firm on the tiller, notwithstanding the wash of the water and the rolling of the ship, and the dominant will conquers at last, and at the third time the yielding soul obeys and is quiet, because the Psalmist’s will resolved that it should be quiet, and it hopes in God because He, by a dead lift of effort, lifts it up to hope. ]; and ends, like the former, with a third time condemning his own impatience, and encouraging his soul to trust in God. 42:11). Your Throne, O God, Is Forever. “Why art thou cast down,” etc. ], and what to suffer [Note: Hebrews 11:36-37.]. Psalm 43 - Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. so it does in some measure, but there is only one case in which there is a real bearing up over the troubles, and that is where the hope is in God. Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God.". On the contrary, we would propose to you, in reference to that exemption, the very same things as we recommended to others in reference to their distresses. 312-562 of "The Works of Dr. Nathanael Homes, "1652 (folio). It would be like pouring cold water into a kettle on the fire. (R. Sibbes). Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Everything has two handles. There is a court of appeal in each man which tests and tries his reasons for his moods; and these, which look very sufficient to the flesh, turn out to be very insufficient when investigated and tested by the higher spirit or self. He has all the resources of the universe at His control. 42:5) and (See Gill on Psalms ‘Why art thou cast down,’ or lifted ‘up,’ and, in either case, ‘disquieted’? Did you ever see a child upon a swing, or a gymnast upon a trapeze? ].”, But, above all, “encourage yourself in God.” This is what David did in the text, and on another most memorable occasion [Note: 1 Samuel 30:1-6.]. And there is no way of getting and keeping a fixed temper of still tranquillity unless we go into that deep and hidden chamber, in the secret place of the Most High, where we cannot ‘hear the loud winds when they call,’ but dwell in security, whatever storms harass the land. But observe--, 1. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? . by HENRY MARCH, there is an exposition of this Psalm. Then energy comes hack to the languid and relaxed limbs, and the man that was lying on his face in the dust starts to his feet, ready for strenuous effort and for noble service. Fie, my soul! NKJV Giant Print Center-Column Reference Bible, Imitation Leather, Expresson/Auburn. All progress in religion seems to be from dark to dark. King James Version (KJV) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-43.html. Why have you rejected me? for grace to adopt these precious words, and this well founded resolution in divine strength, which thousands have done before, and thousands have found efficacy in, Hope thou in God, O my soul, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. All your expectation must be from Him, “with whom there is mercy and plenteous redemption.” If you will but turn to him in earnest, you have nothing to fear: for his word to you is, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”]. These words occur thrice, at short, intervals, in this and the preceding psalm. This is the direction which God himself gives us: he reminds us of his wisdom and power to over-rule our trials for good; and exhorts us, when weary and fainting, to wait on him as our all-sufficient Helper [Note: Isaiah 40:28-31.]. Read verse in New International Version We see that at the end of the psalm, none of the circumstances of the psalmist had changed – only his attitude, and what a difference that made. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Learn more. The deep-seated and central faith in God which marks a religious man ought to permeate all his nature to the very outskirts and circumference of his being. And it is to purify us as “vessels of honour,” that God subjects us to the fiery trial. BibliographyPett, Peter. “Why art thou cast down,” why dost thou still continue to be cast down, O my soul? He has fits of deep depression, followed by, and sometimes even accompanied with, fits of restless complaining and murmuring. III. 5. Quite obviously the division into two psalms has been a mistake, for the whole constitutes one composition. The psalm before us was evidently written on the same occasion: it contains the same complaints [Note: Compare 42:9. with 43:2. Psalms 43:5. The writer encouraged himself with the confidence that he would yet praise God for His deliverance. And we may know when this measure is exceeded if our mourning and sorrow do not bring us to God, but drives us from God. This final truth has confirmed his faith and made him sure of his deliverance. The aspect of any event depends largely on the beholder’s point of view. There are plenty of people who, making profession of being Christians, do not habitually put the break on their moods and tempers, and who seem to think that it is a sufficient vindication of gloom and sadness to say that things are going badly with them in the outer world, and who act as if they supposed that no joy can be too exuberant and no elation too lofty if, on the other hand, things are going rightly. The remedy to which the psalmist turns: he first reflects upon and expostulates with his soul, and then bids it. Psalm 43:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? And next season they will not need to begin to build from quite so low down, but there will be a bit of the former left to put the new structure upon. IV. ],”) and he only can remove them. Not one moment of trial but what is necessary for the soul’s discipline, and shall minister to the soul’s best condition. What is meant by casting down, and why doth he find fault with himself for it? Psalm 43 Meaning The Psalmist is Depressed So, in Psalm 43, the psalmist speaks to us about being depressed or cast down. Even if you fail this time, still the failure has left some increased capacity for the next attempt, and God helping, the next time will be successful. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. “There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”. Why art thou cast down, O my soul?”--question yourselves about your moods, and especially about your sad moods, and you will have gone a long way to make yourselves bigger and happier people than you have ever been before. . hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God. I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Honest cut her down at one blow. MacEllar. . Speak them once again, and let us have a look at them.’. 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