Today we read the psalms written by the sons of Korah who were priests assigned to guard the entrance of the tabernacle and later the temple. They became musicians during the time of King David and King Solomon. Through the reading of today’s psalms we see that our help is in the Lord. He is the One who leads and guides us with His truth, and He is sending His righteous Son to redeem His people.
In psalm 42 the psalmist says – “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” (Psalms 42:5). In the midst of feeling discouraged and depressed, the psalmist remembers where his hope is found. Then he sets his mind on the Lord, which leads him to praising God who has been faithful in the past and will continue to be faithful in the present. The psalmist knows that his help does not come from within; it comes from the Lord. God is the One to revive our spirits and give us peace in time of distress, just as Aaron said through his blessing the Israelites in the wilderness – “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).
In psalm 43, the psalmist says – “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God” (Psalm 43:3-4). The psalmist is aware of his limitations and lack of wisdom. Therefore He needs wisdom from the Lord to lead and guide him. And once again we see that when the psalmist has his gaze upon the Lord asking Him for help and guidance, he is driven to a place of worship which brings about joy in his life.
The Lord knows that we need His truth and His light. That is why He is sending His Son Jesus Christ to be the light of the world. When Jesus arrives on the scene, He will make this declaration – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Psalm 45 is a beautiful prophecy of the coming light of the world, the Messiah – “You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever. Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, with Your glory and Your majesty. And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; and Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; the peoples fall under You. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (Psalm 45:2-7).
The Lord is sending His Son as the final sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world. Jesus will be inflicted with many pains and sorrows while on earth, but He will complete His works of righteousness and ascend to heaven where He will sit at the right hand of God. And one day Jesus will return as the righteous King who will judge the nations and put a final end to the wickedness that He hates. Therefore the psalmist can confidently tell us to “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 46:10-11). Keep reading. (Psalms 42-46)