Psalm 42:1-4 Reflection:
In the readings today what struck me very forcefully was the psalm. It is the cry of the innocent man against his foes and his call for God to help him in his hour of need.
The psalm portrays a very close relationship with God. The man calls on God as a friend and helper.
“Defend me, O God, and plead my cause,” and later “You, O God, are my stronghold.”
The man sees himself as innocent and under attack from the wicked; they are cunning deceitful men.
The psalms are the purest form of prayer in scripture. They cover every aspect of human life; grief, sorrow, joy and happiness. They reflect a close intimate relationship with God.
The person praying the psalm can be seen as us, Jesus or the land of Israel, i.e. the whole community of believers.
Today I read this psalm as speaking of Jesus in the garden on Holy Thursday evening especially in the first two paragraphs.
“Send forth your light and your truth, let these be my guide.”
This prayer for help, which God must answer, should strike a chord with all of us.
The final verse, where the just man is vindicated, speaks of “going to the altar of God, the God of my joy.”
The psalms speak to all people in all time. They are pure prayer, wells of emotion that we often miss because they are set in between the first and second reading.
But they are worth listening too!