Prayer Guide: Psalm 43

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
    against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
    deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
    why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?

Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.


Praiseworthy Attributes of God

  • He frees us from blame (vindicates) – vs. 1
  • My stronghold – vs. 2
  • He is light and truth – vs. 3
  • A guide – vs. 3
  • A source of joy and delight – vs. 4
  • One to hope in – vs. 5

Possible Prayer Prompters:

  • God, thank You for freeing me from blame when…
  • I will praise You, Father, because You have been/are my stronghold when I…
  • Thank You for sending Your light into my life when I was…
  • Lord, I worship You because You have guided me through…
  • You have brought me joy during _______, and I praise You!


  • My heart is filled with _________ as I consider your vindication of me.
  • Lord, I confess I often turn to _______ BEFORE I look to You for guidance.  Forgive me.
  • I confess that when I encounter ______, my joy and delight are impacted.  I’m sorry.


  • Since You are my stronghold, please help me run to You when…
  • God, I ask that You will guide me as I navigate the waters of…
  • Father, in the moments when my circumstances fill me with ______ would You turn my eyes to You and give me hope.
  • I pray that You will give light to __________(name) so that they will turn to You.
  • God, You are my source of joy.  I pray You will sustain my joy even when…


  • Father, I will hope in You today when I encounter…
  • God, in the midst of ______ give me awareness to run to You, my stronghold.
  • I trust you to guide me when making decisions which impact… (me, family, church, etc.)