“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.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord…” Psalm 121:1-2, NKJV.
The psalmist said this two different times in this psalm, denoting that he had anxiety, a restlessness, a tossing, and a 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 like David, and you’re faced with anxiety or restlessness. You may long to be where you use to be in your life. Maybe you feel confused about where you’re headed and you desire peace. You may feel you have a lot going on inside and it’s tough to praise Him where your life is right now.
Tell your soul to look up to where your help comes from and hope in God. Tell your soul to still give Him praise. He will perform His word. 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. He will be glorified and will bring you into a great place.
Let nothing keep your praise quiet, for there are joy and strength in it. Praise Him and experience His presence, as He fills your cup, and be reminded to look up and hope in God!
Prayer: Thank You, Father. 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. I will yet praise You! You are doing your best work in my life. Jesus is my rock and I will have joy as God’s work unfolds for me. My hope is in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Psalm 3:3 and 22:3; Nehemiah 8:10, John 7:38