Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him For the help of his countenance (Psalm 42:5 KJV)
The book of Psalms is dear to many of us because we see in the Psalms the life struggles of David which are often picture-perfect examples of our own struggles today. Life’s problems have not changed. They simply take different forms. You might not have a King Saul coming after you as he did to David. But there are similar life’s circumstances that attack us as king Saul attacked David.
David spoke to himself and said “why art thou cast down, O my soul?”. He was discouraged, feeling low and probably feeling like giving up. He continued and asked “why art thou disquieted in me?”. He was disturbed. He was worried about something. Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? David was feeling low, discouraged, anxious and disturbed about a situation.
He recognized and acknowledged his heart was not in a good state. He knew he had to do something about it. He spoke to himself and said “hope thou in God”. He reminded himself that God is his hope and will deliver him from the situation that was causing him to be low and disturbed. God always came across to help David. When discouragement and anxiety attacked him, he remembered God and put his hope and trust in Him. A worthy lesson to learn early in our walk with God and never forget!
What do you do when you are discouraged or disturbed? How does that compare to what David did when he was in the same situation?
APPLY THE WORD
Can you practice today what David did above? There is hardly a day free of an attack from either discouragement, sorrow, anxiety or fear. Yes, these things attack us waiting to see how we would respond. I have armed you with the armor of God, putting the shield of faith in your hands an a belt of truth around your waist. It is your turn to fight that battle and win!
Pray that you will not be overcome by discouragement, depression, anxiety or fear.