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A Prayer for Rescue

43 Judge me, O God, and plead my case
against[a] an unfaithful[b] nation.
From a man of deceit and wickedness rescue me,
because you are the God of my refuge.
Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?
Send your light and your truth;
they shall lead[c] me.
They shall bring me to your holy mountain[d]
and to your dwelling places.
Then[e] I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my surpassing joy,[f]
and I will praise you with lyre,
O God, my God.
Why are you in despair,[g] O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, because I will again praise him,
my salvation[h] and my God.


  1. Psalm 43:1 Or “because of”
  2. Psalm 43:1 Or “disloyal”
  3. Psalm 43:3 Or “let them lead”
  4. Psalm 43:3 Literally “the mountain of your holiness”
  5. Psalm 43:4 Or “And”
  6. Psalm 43:4 Literally “the joy of my gladness”
  7. Psalm 43:5 Literally “bowed down”
  8. Psalm 43:5 Hebrew “the salvation of my face”