SCRIPTURE: Psalm 43:1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from those who are deceitful and unjust deliver me! 2 For 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? 3 O 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 harp, O God, my God.
OBSERVATION: The identity of the writer is unclear, but I’m assuming this was written by someone of authority, if not a king like David. A king has enemies both within and without the kingdom, so what caught my attention was the psalmist’s plan to address his troubles.
First, v.2 makes clear he expects God to come to his aid, as has been the case many times before. While there is a hint of complaining, there is also a confidence that God will do what God always does. Eventually.
Secondly, v.3 shows us the psalmist’s plan for dealing with his enemies. Rather than depend on his army or other earthly resources, he counts on his fidelity to God’s “light” and “truth” to see him through. It’s God’s battle to win, not the psalmist’s battle.
APPLICATION: I admit, I have a tendency to want to fight my own battles rather than trust in the Lord. As you’re well aware, being a leader means making difficult decisions sometimes. And when we do, there is often considerable “blow back”. In years past I would tend to get defensive and argue my case directly. Lately I’ve asked God for grace to respond differently. When I trust in the Advocate to advocate on my behalf, the matter tends to get resolved much more quickly and with better outcomes – but it’s so hard to bite my tongue. Especially for an extravert like me.
PRAYER: Gracious God, as leaders we have “battles” of some sort or other almost continuously. Give us grace to trust in your advocacy on our behalf. Such a simple thing, but so hard to do. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.