1Grant me justice, O God;
defend me from a faithless people;
from the deceitful and unjust rescue me.a
2You, O God, are my strength.
Why then do you spurn me?
Why must I go about mourning,
with the enemy oppressing me?
3bSend your light and your fidelity,*
that they may be my guide;c
Let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place of your dwelling,
4That I may come to the altar of God,
to God, my joy, my delight.
Then I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.
5Why are you downcast, my soul?
Why do you groan within me?
Wait for God, for I shall again praise him,
my savior and my God.
* [43:3] Your light and your fidelity: a pair of divine attributes personified as guides for the pilgrimage. As in Ps 42:9 the psalmist prays that these divine attributes lead him back to Jerusalem and ultimately to God’s presence in the Temple.
a. [43:1] Ps 119:154.
b. [43:3] Ps 18:29; 27:1; 36:10; Mi 7:8.