‘O send out Thy Light and Thy Truth, let Them lead me; let Them bring me unto Thy Holy Hill, and to Thy Tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my Exceeding Joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise Thee, O God my God.’
This powerful request and ensuing pledge from David, speak of his great desire for the Light of God and the Truth of God, both of which are stated to be embodied in the Lord Jesus Christ as He appropriately claimed both of these to be His inherent qualities: ‘I am the Light of the world’ (John 8:12), and ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life’ (John 14:7).
This call of David for the cure for his persecution and oppression points to the Savior of the world Who was and is and always will be the cure for man’s dilemma, the dilemma that finds it’s ultimate source in a three letter word called sin.
The Cry of the Persecuted (v.1,2) is due to ‘an ungodly nation...the deceitful and unjust man...the enemy’ all who are focused on bringing the child of God ‘mourning’ and ‘oppression’. The sadness and discouragement that the devil’s advocates bring upon the believer are ever present to those who fall into his trap, the cure for which is found in (v.3,4)
The Call for the Cure is focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. He, the Light and Truth of God alone has the ability to ‘lead’ and ‘bring’ the child of God ‘unto Thy Holy Hill, and to Thy Tabernacles’. It is only by abiding in Him that we come into the presence of God which is David’s emphasis here.
He knows that only the Light and the Truth of God can perform this powerful work of the Holy Spirit as He exalts the Lord Jesus Christ in the heart of the Blood-bought saint. It is then and only then that the LORD is present, when ‘I go unto the altar’ where confession of sin, and the spiritual sacrifice of praise is offered unto the LORD.
Then, God becomes our ‘Exceeding Joy’ through the fulness of the Holy Spirit Who produces this spiritual sacrifice, and the ultimate act of worship next to the spiritual sacrifice of the body (Romans 12:1,2) is making music to the LORD ‘upon the harp will I praise Thee, O God my God.’ (v.4) This song of the Spirit is also referred to in Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19 as the indwelling Word and the fulness of the Spirit bring forth the music of the soul in exaltation of the LORD!
This Psalm ends with two compelling questions: ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me?’ The answer is immediately given: ‘Hope in God’. This simple command demanding the faith of the one who is found in this condition is mirrored by Mark 11:22 ‘Have faith in God’ which was Hudson Taylor’s life verse. ‘Cast your care upon Him for He cares for you’ (I Peter 5:7)
If this is done the result will be this: ‘For I shall yet praise Him, Who is the Health of my countenance, and my God.’ (v.5) The exaltation of God will be the end of the matter, when faith is exercised in Him, Who alone is the Light and the Truth, the Lord Jesus Christ. <
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