Psalms 43:1

1 1Vindicate me, O God, and 2defend my cause against an ungodly people, from 3the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!

Psalms 43:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 43:1

Judge me, O God
The Targum adds, with the judgment of truth; see ( Romans 2:2 ) ;

and plead my cause;
which was a righteous one; and therefore he could commit it to God to be tried and judged by him, and could put it into his hands to plead it for him; (See Gill on Psalms 35:1);

against an ungodly nation;
meaning either the Philistines, among whom he was; or his own nation, when they joined his son Absalom in rebellion against him: some understand it of the great numbers that were with Saul, when he was persecuted by him;

O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man;
either Absalom, who, under pretence of a vow he had vowed in Hebron, got leave of David to go thither, and then engaged in a conspiracy against him; or Ahithophel, who had been his friend and acquaintance, but now joined with Absalom. It is true of Saul, who, under pretence of friendship, sought his ruin, and to whom he expressed himself almost in the same words here used; see ( 1 Samuel 18:17 1 Samuel 18:25 ) ( 1 Samuel 24:12 1 Samuel 24:15 ) .

Psalms 43:1 In-Context

1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!
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.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 7:8; Psalms 26:1
  • 2. See 1 Samuel 24:15
  • 3. Psalms 5:6