A number of ancient Hebrew manuscripts, Psalm 42 and Psalm 43 are joined together as one. They are probably separate psalms, linked by a common problem: spiritual depression. The psalmist speaks to us about being depressed or cast down. In verse 2, he speaks of mourning. In verse 5, he talks to his own soul, to himself, really. Psalm 43 is a short psalm with the theme of turning towards God in times of trouble. From Depression to a Procession of Praise . Begining with a direct supplication to God: ‘Judge me, O God, and plead my cause’ which leads on to an increasing conviction of the power and truth of God as the psalm ends. Through the book of Psalms and the worship of the people of Israel, we get a glimpse into the character of God and how we should rightly respond to Him in worship. The psalmist shows us that God not only saves His people physically, but that He is the eternal rescuer of His people, saving us from sin and death. This Psalm refers to God as his stronghold, high tower and guide, and how at the same time God is shown as his joy and delight and the one who deserves all his praise. The psalmist starts out upset and then reminds Himself to put his hope in God.

It reads in Psalm 43:1-5:
Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain,to the place where you dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him.