‘Vindicate me’ is the cry of the Psalmist. The Psalmist is feeling cutoff and abandoned. God seems absent. And those are the feelings I want us to reflect on today. What do we do when God seems absent? How can we hear God’s leading when we are spiritually absent from God’s presence? We do not know specifically what the Psalmist’s plight is, but that doesn’t seem to matter; the Psalmist is expressing thoughts about a faith journey that we are all on. (Psalm 43).