Psalm 43:4
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New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Darby Bible Translation
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto the �God of the gladness of my joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God, my God.

World English Bible
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy. I will praise you on the harp, God, my God.

Young's Literal Translation
And I go in unto the altar of God, Unto God, the joy of my rejoicing. And I thank Thee with a harp, O God, my God.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Then will I go unto the altar of God - The altar on Mount Zion, where sacrifices were offered: 2 Samuel 6:17. The meaning is, that he would again unite with others in the public and customary worship of God. Compare the notes at Psalm 42:4.

Unto God - Into the immediate presence of God; the place where he was worshipped.

My exceeding joy - Margin, the gladness of my joy. The Septuagint renders this, "who makes my youth joyous:" or, "the joy of my youth," (Thompson) The Hebrew is, the gladness of my joy; meaning, that God was the source of his joy, so that he found all his happiness in Him.

Yea, upon the harp will I praise thee - Compare the notes at Psalm 33:2-3. Instruments of music were commonly used in the worship of God, and David is represented as excelling in the music of the harp. Compare 1 Samuel 16:16-23.

O God, my God - It was not merely God as such that he desired to worship, or to whom he now appealed, but God as his God, the God to whom he had devoted himself, and whom he regarded as his God even in affliction and trouble. Compare the notes at Psalm 22:1.

Psalm 43:4 Parallel Commentaries

Library
The Ark of God
Gerhard Ter Steegen Ps. xliii. 3 Peace! O restless heart of mine; Thou, the Still, the Blest, Lead me to Thy courts divine, Thine untroubled rest. Tossed upon the raving sea, Still, fair land, I long for thee. Lord, from Thee I went astray, Lured by magic song; Through dim places far away I have wandered long-- Now, when lost are moon and star, Shines the light of Home afar. O'er the waves that cannot rest, O'er the drifting foam, Wandering dove without a nest; Weary-winged, I come. From the lonely
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso, and Others

Of Four Things which Bring Great Peace
"My Son, now will I teach thee the way of peace and of true liberty." 2. Do, O my Lord, as Thou sayest, for this is pleasing unto me to hear. 3. "Strive, My Son, to do another's will rather than thine own. Choose always to have less rather than more. Seek always after the lowest place, and to be subject to all. Wish always and pray that the will of God be fulfilled in thee. Behold, such a man as this entereth into the inheritance of peace and quietness." 4. O my Lord, this Thy short discourse
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
Psalm 16:11
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 21:6
For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.

Psalm 26:6
I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,

Psalm 33:2
Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 49:4
I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp.

Psalm 57:8
Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.

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