Hope for the Broken Hearted

Psalms 42 and 43 share a common theme and repeated refrain offering hope for the broken hearted. These psalms provide a helpful introduction to the second book of Psalms (42-72). While many of the psalms in the second book were written by David, a worship leader wrote these two psalms reflecting David’s prayers when enemies threatened his life. Psalms 42 and 43 are lament psalms. They are songs from and for the downhearted. Lament psalms begin with a note of despair but end in expectant faith and a song of praise. Like the psalmist, our experiences may lead us to despair but our God is greater than anything this world has to offer.