Series: Psalms: Making the Connections

Psalm 43: Spiritual Depression, Part 2

February 27, 2022 | Dr. Gary Hylander
Passage: Psalms

You will notice that Psalm 43 lacks a superscription. This is because it is to be
combined with Psalm 42, as indicated by the repeated phrases found in 42:5,
11; and 43:5. These opening psalms to Book Two are part of the first Sons of
Korah Collection (Psalms 42-49). The background to the sons of Korah is in
Numbers 16. There Korah, along with others, rebelled against God’s will and
God’s chosen leaders, Moses and Aaron. We are told the earth opened up and
they went down to their graves (Numbers 16:33). The fact that God did not
hold fault with Korah’s descendants, but used them to compose these psalms,
speaks of God’s grace (ponder Deuteronomy 24:16).
Like the previous psalm, Psalm 43 deals with a form of spiritual depression
referred to as the downcast soul. The psalmist has been dislocated from his
people and his homeland. His depression is evidenced by tears (42:3), selective
memory (42:4), inner turmoil (42:5, 11; 43:5), feeling overwhelmed (42:7), and
feelings of being forgotten and rejected (42:9; 43:2). Let’s continue to examine
this form of spiritual depression, and look for the antidote for the downcast

As We Consider The Nature Of The Downcast Soul, Note. . .
• The Appeal That Is Being Made. (1-2)

• The Guidance That Is Being Sought. (3-4)

• The Hope That Is Being Prescribed. (5)


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