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Psalm 43 calls on God for vindication. Here the Psalmist recognizes that much of the world is opposed to him, and specifically to his stance for God. We see this kind of opposition all the time. In my culture it is not so much the overt kind of opposition which tries to kill people. However, we don’t have to observe the media for very long before we see that Christians are mocked for praying that God would intervene in our world. They are treated as though faith in God cannot be present in a person who is intelligent or thoughtful. There is an assumption that the very people who hold a central creedal tenet that they are dealing with sin and failure should be completely immune from sin.
Vindicate me, Lord. Lead me by your truth and bring me to the altar of God, the very place where sacrifice is made on my behalf. Lead me to the place of forgiveness, even if my culture says I need to work out forgiveness myself. Let me trust in God, so I can be filled with hope and again can praise Him.
This is the hope of the Christian, which the world cannot understand. What should I do about it? No amount of argument on my part will persuade the rest of the world. I suppose I should simply persist in trusting the Lord, as the Psalmist did.
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