“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”Psalm 42:11
Isn’t this a great scripture?! The writer of this Psalm was feeling distressed and agitated – he was disturbed within his soul. He was not at peace with himself or his situation. We can all relate to this writer’s feelings at one time or another as life can give us many reasons to feel dejected in spirit – there is no question of that! However God, through this scripture, gave us an antidote for when we feel "downcast”.
When our soul is downcast, we have focused our thoughts on our inability to help ourselves or others. But watch what the psalmist said to himself. The psalmist said, “Put your hope in God”. The word “put” means to move or place anything so as to get it into or out of a specific location or position. The psalmist moved his thoughts off of his inability and placed his thoughts onto God’s ability to help him.
When we focus our thoughts on God’s ability, this is hoping in God! And when we are hoping in God, we will say as the psalmist said, "Praise is coming!".
Dear friends - praise is coming! Our loving, heavenly Father describes the peace He wants us to have like a river; a peaceful, easy flowing river. Do you have this kind of peace in your soul today? If you don’t, may I encourage you to put your hope in God and join in with the psalmist, “For I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God!”
FATHER, Keep us as the apple of your eye and may the hope you give us cause praises to rise up within us. FATHER, if any of my friends who are reading this today have the spirit of heaviness, I pray that in the Name of Jesus, you will give them a garment of praise. In Jesus’ Name I pray – Amen.