Ps 43:1-5. Excepting the recurrence of the refrain, there is no good reason to suppose this a part of the preceding, though the scope is the same. It has always been placed separate.
1. Judge -- or, |vindicate| (Ps 10:18).
plead, &c. -- (Ps 35:1).
ungodly -- neither in character or condition objects of God's favor (compare Ps 4:3).
2. God of my strength -- by covenant relation my stronghold (Ps 18:1).
cast me off -- in scorn.
because -- or, |in,| that is, in such circumstances of oppression.
3. light -- as in Ps 27:1.
truth -- or, |faithfulness| (Ps 25:5), manifest it by fulfilling promises. Light and truth are personified as messengers who will bring him to the privileged place of worship.
tabernacles -- plural, in allusion to the various courts.
4. the altar -- as the chief place of worship. The mention of the harp suggests the prominence of praise in his offering.