“O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;Let them bring me to Your holy hillAnd to Your dwelling places.Then I will go to the altar of God,To God my exceeding joy;And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.”
This is the solution to the depression and discouragement & despair of this world, the Psalmist feels in Psalm 42-43. These 2 Psalms go together. He asks several times, “Why are you in despair, O my soul?”(Ps. 42:5, 9, 11; 43:5) “Hope in God” – he tells his soul to hope in God.
Our responsibility and part is to cry out in prayer for God to send out His light (revelation, insight into the Word as we read, meditate, pray over, study, obey)
in 43:3-4 he asks / prays to God to send out His light and Truth and for guidance to lead him to worship the Lord, his exceeding joy.”
“to God, my exceeding joy” Meditate on that phrase. The Living God, the God of the Bible is our exceeding joy.
then I will go the altar” = the altar of sacrifice (OT context) and confession of sins. For us in the New Covenant, confession and remembering the once for all sacrifice of Christ and celebration of the Lord’s Supper with God’s people in church. Then, sing with joy and praise to God, the Living God.Song by Phil Keaggy (1981), based on those verses: