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Psalm 43 Jan. 23  1Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men. 2For You are the God of my strength. Why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3Oh, send out Your light and Your truth. Let them lead me. Let them bring me to Your holy hill, to Your great tent. 4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy. I will praise You on the harp, God, my God. 5Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise Him: my saviour, my helper, and my God.   


43:5 Why are you in despair, my soul?- We all talk to ourselves. It’s important that our self talk is positive, urging ourselves spiritually onwards, rather than reflecting on the empty things of life which lead nowhere. Note how these prayers recorded in the Psalms merge between addressing God and addressing ourselves; prayer is a time of reflection and openness before God, not simply a list of requests baldly presented to Him.