“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” Psalm 42:5, NKJV.
The psalmist said this two different times in this psalm, denoting that he had anxiety, a restlessness, a tossing and struggle for peace, going on in his soul, but he hoped in God. When he wrote this, he was going through a hard time, having been exiled by Saul from his home. He longed to be back in the house of God, among the people of God and freely give God praise there. He longed to be where he use to be.
You may be experiencing a rough time. You may be a man being faced with anxiety or worry. You may long to be where you use to be in your life. You may feel confused about where you’re headed and you desire peace. You may feel you were in the perfect will of God and you praised Him, but how can you praise Him where you are.
Tell your soul to look up and hope in God. He will do what He said He will do. He has a master plan, and even when it feels like He isn’t at work at all, that’s when He is doing His best work in you. When it feels like He is the farthest away, is when He is the closest. What is in you, He is going to bring you out and He will be glorified. He will bring you into a great place.
Let nothing keep your praise quiet, for there is power, joy and strength in it. Praise Him and experience His presence, as He fills your cup and encourages you deep down where you need it. Remind yourself today to look up and hope in God!
Prayer: Thank You God for Your word. Why be disquieted my soul? Hope in God! I may not understand what You are doing and my faith is being tested, but I can trust You are doing your best work in me. I will yet praise You! Jesus is my rock and I will have joy as God’s work in me unfolds. My hope is in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Psalm 3:3 and 22:3; Nehemiah 8:10, John 7:38