This Psalm is so great! When I sing it, I am so happy, that I cry out of happiness :) because it is almost too good to be true. When you realize, who you are and what you deserve and who God is... you can only cry, when you receive his mercy, which is completely undeserved... We, wretches as we are, deserve something else, we deserve to be in hell... but we are instead of that called even to present him and to be with him... So the music is a little bit sad - but now you know why...
Would you guess by now, that this Psalm speaks about Jesus too? :) Many so called Christians would not. So that is obvious to you - but I would like to share with you, how it speaks also about Christians.
verse 1: "Judge me, O God,..."
These words can say - I guess only Jesus... Well, Christians are being sanctified by his word and they are becoming holier and holier and at the time, when their bodies stop working... they are ready to come into the presence of God. Will they be able to say to the Lord: Judge me, O God... Well yes, they will be able to say that in a humble way... But I myself would prefer to say: be merciful to me, o Lord... But when I sing those words, I am asking the Lord, to sanctify me... and this is so wonderful... that one must cry out of happiness... Our nature can be changed :) Not by ourselves or some occult techniques, but by the Lord.
verse 1: "...O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man."
Who is this deceitful and unjust man? Isn't that me? Or you? The man of flesh... This is one way, how we can look on those words and another one is, that we are praying to the Lord, to save us from people, who are not (yet) Christians or who pretend to be ones. Will the Lord destroy their evil nature or will they be destroyed? That is up to the Lord and them.
verse 2: "For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
This reminds me of David. The Lord said to David, that he will become a king - but he was oppressed by the enemy... David could easily say to the Lord: "Lord, you have promised me something! Please - or I demand! - do something about it." It was the same with Jacob, Joseph, Samson, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego... each and every apostle except John was killed... Paul was stoned... They thought, that he was dead!
And not to mention Jesus.
But those people never ever said to the Lord: "Lord, you don't exist, because I am in trouble..." or "You are weak god, and are not to be trusted." or "You are a deceiver, not to be trusted..." No they didn't, but I did think like that and many people, who are not right with the Lord are saying that each and every day.
So, what kind of strength is it? Well, if the cross is foolishness for you, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then you haven't yet understoodd the greatest strength, power in the world. 1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
verse 3: " O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles."
So nice. His light is the word, but Christians too (Mt 5:14: Ye are the light of the world.) and his truth is his word. The Church (of believers) and his word bring us to him. And that is one of the greatest wishes Christian has - to be with the Lord.
verse 4: "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 is the work of a high priest I guess. So it speaks about Jesus Christ. But Christians are priests too, helping high priest. So they could also sing this verse - this could be their wish too.
verse 5: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."
We are telling our own soul to trust, to hope in God. So beautiful...