The unknown psalmist cries out to God in this song. He asks God for vindication against an ungodly nation and a deceitful and ungodly man. He acknowledges God as the source of his strength, wonders why He has not fixed things yet, and then asks the Lord to send out His light and truth to lead him to God’s holy hill and His tabernacle. He pledges to pray and praise the Lord once he comes to the altar. The psalmist finalizes his prayer and psalm with:
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
This psalmist writes like the Sons of Korah, but is not identified. His heart is overwhelmed with either a false accusation or an attack on his or her character. He questions “why’ like so many of us, but still lifts his eyes upward to look for the help of the Lord. This is such a common theme in the psalms, as David, the Sons of Korah, and now this psalmist all have problems, all have questions, but still turn to the Lord in their time of trouble. This faith and hope in God is warranted, and is worthy. These believers, as well as today’s Christian, have seen the blessings of the Lord and have received His miracles. The blessings of the past lead to the hope of the future. When you feel overwhelmed, remember the way God has touched you in the past and it will increase your faith for today!