"Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause . . ." (Psalm 43)
Oh deliver me form the deceitful and unjust man!
For you are the God of my strength; why do you cast me off?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
Oh send out your light and your truth!
Let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your tabernacle.
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy;
And on the harp I will praise you, O God, my God.
Wht are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disqieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him, the help of my countenance, and my God.
- Psalm 43
For many years, I never saw the connection between verses 1-2 and the prayer in verse 3, but lately I've had to learn about it - in life itself and and not in the Bible, which has served to confirm that others have learned it before me.
Vindication against the enemy, deliverance from the oppression of the unjust, comes in one way. I need God to send out his light and his truth, to lead me out of my own injustice and darkness into his truth. His light and his truth will lead me to safety only by showing me what's wrong with me.
I'm reminded of how Harry Truman said you can get a lot done if you don't need the credit. In like fashion, we can be delivered from the unjust if we don't need to feel sinless ourselves.