Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. Therefore he should continue to hope in Him (cf. No effort at tranquillising our hearts is wholly lost; and no attempt to lay hold upon God is wholly in vain. That was the experience of the Lord, and it may be the experience of the servant. ], so shall we in due season be with them, freed from all remains of sin and sorrow. BibliographyTrapp, John. (Homilist. The second thing that troubled this holy man was the blasphemous words of wicked men. The whole preceding parts of both the psalms, before this refrain, are an answer to the question which my text puts. (A. Maclaren, D. D.). 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. The effort to lay hold on the truth which calms is to be repeated in spite of failures. 5. Yes! Why art thou cast down, O my soul? It is only ‘milk for babes,’ but it is milk that the babes are very unwilling to take. ], 2. But it is God who sends our troubles; (“they spring not out of the dust [Note: Job 5:6. BibliographyPett, Peter. 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, O my soul? The varied conflicts of the soul afford occasion for the exercise of the graces, and thus, through the divine wisdom and goodness, are made the means of eventual good. ]; and ends, like the former, with a third time condemning his own impatience, and encouraging his soul to trust in God. The words of our text are thrice repeated in these two psalms. As mentioned above, the fact that we have this psalm is an indication that God did eventually deliver him. hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God. 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. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Psalms 43:5 * EXPOSITION. The state alluded to. Note that the effort to lay hold on the truth which calms is to be repeated in spite of failures. Christians must not exceed in anything; when they do they are overcome of their passions. The rainbow that spans the cataract rises steadfast above the white, tortured water beneath, and persists whilst all is hurrying change below, and there are flowers on the grim black rocks by the side of the fall, whose verdure is made greener and whose brightness is made brighter, by the freshening of the spray of the waterfall. 2. Will not thy contempt of God’s judgments issue in thy ruin? now that I am here, what hast thou to say about these sorrows that thou hast been complaining about? In verse 2, he speaks of mourning. 2. 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. The practice of separating the psalms … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 43" If God be thine, why this dejection? THE PSALMIST’S REMONSTRANCE WITH HIS SOUL. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. Used by Permission. You are God my stronghold. I. David’s perplexed estate. 5. He was in great trouble and affliction. 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. However distressed then we be, we should regard him as “the health of our countenance, and our God.” What a foundation of hope did the remembrance of God’s paternal relation to them afford to the Church of old [Note: Isaiah 63:15-16.]! It also reminds us of Job who said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him" (Job 13:15). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/psalms-43.html. ].” 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. We keep chewing some bitter morsel and rolling it under our tongues so as to suck all the bitterness out of it that we can. Levi was one of the sons of Jacob. DD. The Psalmist is in circumstances of trouble and sorrow. No amount of religious fervour, or doctrinal knowledge will keep the heart glad in which is the consciousness of wrong. Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? . ], and what to suffer [Note: Hebrews 11:36-37.]. In "Sabbaths at Home." 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. and why art thou disquieted within me? "The Adam Clarke Commentary". Hence it is said in Psalms 37:1, “Fret not thyself,” etc. hope in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance and my God. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". and why art thou disquieted within me?” The words tell of--. MacEllar. Ver. my God!” Now thus should we do. Men build a dam to keep out the sea, and the winter storms make a breach in it, but it is not washed away altogether, 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, and so by degrees it will rise above the tide, and at last will keep it out. The sameness of this verse with Psalm 42:5, Psalm 42:11 proves, as has been already remarked, that this psalm was composed by the same writer, and with reference to the same subject as the former. 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. hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Not as Nabal (1 Samuel 25:36-37). 1870. Obviously this little psalm, of which my text is a part, was originally united with the preceding one. It is enough, in not a few of the lighter and more gnat-like troubles that beset us, for us to say to ourselves, “What are we putting ourselves into such a fuss about? 3. “Why art thou cast down,” etc. Note that no reasons for being cast down are so strong as those for elation and calm hope. The doctrine which is taught is the same - that we should not be dejected or cast down in the troubles of life, but should hope in God, and look forward to better times, if not in this world, certainly in the world to come. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. “Why, was it not just this we had counted on, that when all earthly fountains would be dried up, then the river of God would still flow on? health = salvation. In the two former instances they are followed by a fresh burst of pained feeling. Here is no true humiliation but abundance of corruption. Browse Sermons on Psalm 43:5. What cause is there to break the repose of thy heart? Some of these psalms probably come from a book that the sons of Korah used. And the first thing to be done in regard to them is to see to it that the nobler man, the man within, the real self should cross-question that other self, and say, “Tell me, have you reason for your being? If not, take yourselves away.” “Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me?”. It is scarcely needful to observe, how painful that must be to those who love God: our blessed Lord, who bore the cruelties of men without a complaint, was constrained to cry out bitterly under his dereliction from his heavenly Father, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” And certainly this is the most distressing of all events: “the spirit of a man, when strengthened from above, may sustain any infirmity; but a wounded spirit, wounded too by such a hand, who can bear [Note: Proverbs 18:14.]?”]. Psalms 43:5. NLT: New Living Translation . Why the unease within me? Why art thou cast down? BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. If you are troubled about the hidings of God’s face, entreat him to return, and to lift up upon you once more the light of his countenance. He encourageth his soul to trust in God, Psalm 43:5. The word employed describes the attitude of a man lying prone and prostrate, grovelling on the ground. Learn more. Why art thou disquieted within me? See note on Psalms 42:5. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? 5. 1909-1922. Who ever committed, himself for acceptance with God the Father to the blood and righteousness of his dear Son, and was sent empty away? God would have us to learn and know that He Himself is an all-sufficient comforter, apart from any outward helps or earthly sympathy. We do not say that there are not just occasions for disquietude: but this we say, that instead of continuing in a dejected state, you should return instantly to God, who would “give you beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness [Note: Isaiah 61:3. ].”], 3. Why art thou cast down? BibliographyMacLaren, Alexander. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/psalms-43.html. 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. ‘There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And if a man will do that more habitually and conscientiously than most of us are accustomed to do it, in regard both to passing thoughts and overpowering moods that threaten to become unwholesomely permanent, he will regain a firmer control of himself--and that is the best wealth that a man can have. Psalm 43:5 in all English translations. “That way madness lies.”. ]?” but at other times he checks himself, and, as it were, reproves his soul for its disquietude and despondency [Note: Psalms 42:5; Psalms 42:11.]. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-43.html. Everything has two handles. Proud member The soul may be bowed down by the burden of wilful sin, neglected duty, or worldly indulgence. and why art thou disquieted within me? It would end its bubbling. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. And so by degrees it will rise above the tide, and at last will keep it out. 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. . What he had prayed for he already anticipates, in the confidence of faith. Those who are in a drooping desponding frame—. A moment of tranquillity interrupts the agitation of the Psalmist’s soul, but is soon followed by the recurrence of ‘the horrible storm’ that ‘begins afresh.’ A tiny island of blue appears in his sky, and then the pale, ugly, grey rack drives across it once more. Dejection and despair. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-43.html. . "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". I. In worldly prosperity such meagre experience does well enough; but, oh! There are two ways of looking at causes of dejection and disquiet. 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. “Hope thou in God.” Ah! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! . 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. "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". He who has an eternity of blessedness before him - he who is to dwell forever in a world of peace and joy - he who is soon to enter an abode where there will be no sin, no sadness, no tears, no death - he who is to commence a career of glory which is never to terminate and never to change - should not be cast down - should not be overwhelmed with sorrow. of If only we chose to walk in the light of the future, then the poor present would be small and powerless to harm us. Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. God’s children in their greatest troubles recover themselves, that the prerogative of a Christian in these disquietings, and in all estates, is, he hath God and himself to speak unto, whereby he can remove solitariness. ].” That is sufficient for us. Psalm 43:5 Parallel. II. Each oscillation goes a little higher; each starts from the same lowest point, but the elevation on either side increases with each renewed effort, until at last the destined height is reached and the daring athlete leaps on to a solid platform. First, inquire into the reason of your never having experienced such feelings. 1859. WORKS UPON THE FORTY-THIRD PSALM "Soul cordials against Sore Discomforts: in a Commentary or Explanations and Applications of the whole Forty-third Psalm, "pp. (Haydock). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-43.html. Why the soul is bowed down and disquieted. If we realize that He loves us, we shall know that He will use all these resources for our good. Commentary. and why art thou disquieted within me?’ The answer is often very hard to give; the question is always very salutary to ask. 1871-8. 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. I will put my hope in God! For, what benefit can accrue from such a frame? Learn more Start my trial Back . https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-43.html. — — —, Next, expostulate with yourself; “O my soul, why art thou thus callous and insensible? 1599-1645. Though it appear to tarry, we must wait for it. You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible … BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Everything has two handles. But we shall confine our attention principally to spiritual troubles: and among these we shall find many fruitful sources of dejection: [By far the greatest part of our sorrows originates here. “He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down and without walls.” The affections, the emotions, the feelings of sorrow or of gladness, of dissatisfaction with my lot, or of enjoyment and complacency in it, are excited by the mere presence of a set of external circumstances; but the fact that they are excited is no warrant for their existence. Bunyan.). Very many men who makes failures, morally, religiously, or even socially and commercially, do so because they have no command over themselves, and because they have not asked this question of each sly temptation that comes wheedling up to the gate of the soul with whispering breath and secret suggestions--“What do you want here? II. Hope in God!’. … 2. A Maskil1 of the Sons of … To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. 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. "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". There is a wonderful calming power in realising our possession of God as our portion-not stagnating, but quieting. Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 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. No effort at tranquillizing our hearts is wholly lost; and no attempt to lay hold upon God is wholly in vain. The word in the original shows that it is the nature of sorrow to bring the soul downwards. God’s children are sensible of such things. We should “appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober.” If men would only bring the causes or occasions of the tempers and feelings which they allow to direct them, to the bar of common sense, to say nothing of religious faith, half the furious boilings in their hearts would stop their ebullition. NKJV Giant Print Center-Column Reference Bible, Imitation Leather, Expresson/Auburn. 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. The vast majority of commentators treat the two psalms as a unified composition. 1865-1868. Psalms 43:5 NLT. What is meant by casting down, and why doth he find fault with himself for it? The investigation suggested. It was not enough for David to say, “O God;” he cries, “O God my God.” You cannot praise another man’s God. ], [To what end has God given us such “exceeding great and precious promises,” if we do not rest upon them, and expect their accomplishment? King James Version (KJV) But all this sore trouble is deepened, if it happens to come upon us in times of worldly woe, when we can least afford to miss God’s peace, when we are in greatest need of comfort. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/psalms-43.html. 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. Men build a dam to keep out the sea, and the winter storms make a breach in it, but it is not washed sway altogether. 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. We may judge in a measure how terrible his assaults are, when we see the Apostle, who was unmoved by all that man could do against him [Note: Acts 20:24. In the cathedral of St. Mark’s, Venice, there is a mosaic that represents Christ in Gethsemane. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. Let it hope in God. That is probably a mistake in the text. Why art thou bowed down, &c.] See Psalms 42:5; Psalms 42:11. "Commentary on Psalms 43:5". Why art thou cast down - Though our deliverance be delayed, God has not forgotten to be gracious. But, in the nest place, it will be proper to check these desponding fears. 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. “Why art thou cast down,” why dost thou still continue to be cast down, O my soul? 1. “I shall yet praise Him who is the health” (or salvation) “of my countenance and my God.” “Who is,” not who will be; “who is” in the moment of difficulty and sorrow; “who is,” even whilst as the other part of the psalm tells us, the enemy are saying “Where is thy God? IV. 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. [We cannot give you better counsel than that suggested by the example of David. 1999. Psalm 43:1-5. It cannot be doubted but that temporal afflictions will produce a very great dejection of mind: for though sometimes grace will enable a person to triumph over them as of small consequence, yet more frequently our frail nature is left to feel its weakness: and the effect of grace is, to reconcile us to the dispensations of Providence, and to make them work for our good: still however, though we are saints, we cease not to be men: and it often happens, that heavy and accumulated troubles will so weaken the animal frame, as ultimately to enfeeble the mind also, and to render it susceptible of fears, to which, in its unbroken state, it was an utter stranger. ‘Hope in God,’ and be at rest. Living souls never can take up their rest any where short of a … I shall have a word or two to say presently about the details of this remonstrance, but the main point that I make, to begin with, is just this, that however strong and reasonably occasioned by circumstances a man’s emotions and feelings, either of the bright or the dark kind, may be, they are not to be indulged, unless they have passed muster and examination by that higher and better self. We should say therefore with Job, “When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold [Note: Job 23:10. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 43:5. ],”) and he only can remove them. It is necessary to keep a very tight hand upon all our feelings, whether they be the natural desires of the sensuous part of our nature, or whether they be the sentiments of sadness, or doubt, or anxiety, or perplexity, which are the natural results of outward circumstances of trial; or whether, on the contrary, they be the bright and buoyant ones which come, like angels, along with prosperous hours. Psalms 43:4. The dreary monotony of complaint. Even amidst the perturbations of the sensitive nature of the poet-psalmist, his inmost self was resting upon God. The text is not a mere inquiry, but an expostulation; and such an expostulation as you should address to your own souls. This verse, which closes this psalm, occurs twice in the previous one. "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". 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. Thus must we wait, however long the promise may seem to tarry [Note: Habakkuk 2:3. Honest cut her down at one blow. And why art thou disquieted within me? ? A bee has an eye, with I do not know how many facets, which multiply the one thing it looks at into an enormous number; and some of us have eyes made on that fashion, or rather we manufacture for our eyes spectacles on that plan, by which we look at our griefs or our depressing circumstances, and see them multiplied and nothing but them. There must be measure both in sorrow and in joy. If he uplifts thee, why art thou so near the ground? 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. 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. Many things conduce to it. it is not well for the soul to rest there. Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae. With flutes. We note, then, first, that moods and emotions should be examined and governed by a higher self. If we are his children, we shall “yet praise him;” we shall acknowledge him as the “health” or the salvation (Hebrew) of our countenance; as one who by giving “salvation” diffuses joy over our countenance; as one who will manifest himself as our God. Why so disturbed within me? 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. Wise self-questioning. How did he come to be thus perplexed? Not one moment of trial but what is necessary for the soul’s discipline, and shall minister to the soul’s best condition. 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