The psalmist asked himself some very personal questions regarding his soul in a time of deep distress. His sorrow caused him to forget food and to question the presence of God. In his seeming absence from God, he felt an intense feeling of spiritual thirst. He remembered his former relationship with God and wondered why he had allowed himself to become separated from Him. Even his enemies had asked, “Where is your God?” The resolution to all of one’s doubts should be, “Hope in God…The help of my countenance and my God.”
This psalm appears to be a continuation of the supplication of the previous poem. As one looks to an attorney to plead his case before the judge, the psalmist looked to God for relief from his enemy. God is the source of strength, light and truth. If one will allow those to lead him, the soul that has been cast down can be lifted back to its previous heights.
One person and God make a majority. The psalmist recounted the care and deliverance that God had for His people during the times of wilderness wandering and settling into the Promised Land. As had been commanded earlier, the fathers had related those events to their children for their remembrance.
During the current national distress, it seemed that God had given them up to their captors and turned His back upon His people. They had been scorned and dishonored. The psalmist observed that they still remembered His name and recognized His power. He begged Him to restore them from their affliction.
Sadly, it sometimes takes affliction, persecution or tragedy to cause one to realize the importance of God in his life and well-being. If we continue to look to Him in obedience, He will never forsake us.