Today From Psalms

I Shall Praise Him

Even the most jovial and generally upbeat person finds days when things are so down they say: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?” Psalms 42:5

The issues of life which rob us of joy are so many we could not begin to list them. We are also so different in our personal dispositions that what discourages one person does not discourage the other. But we all face times we are “cast down” in spirit.

The circumstances the writer of this psalm faced were so overwhelming that he repeats this thought again in verse 11 and then in Psalm 43:5.

What is the “prescription” for us at these times? The answer is simple yet how often overlooked; “hope thou in God.”

First this reveals the psalmist’s acquaintance with God. He knew God in a personal way. He knew Him more that just “a god,” but as the “living God.” (Verse 2)

Secondly, the man who wrote this psalm had an ongoing desire to know God every day. “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” Psalms 42:1

The deer daily needs and longs for water. They cannot live without it. Do we daily long for God, knowing we cannot get along without Him?

“Hope thou in God” also reveals faith. He not only knew God but genuinely believed that God would bring him through this issue. Never do we face an issue of life that is beyond God.

Because he knew God, the true and living God, and because he had faith in God, he could say: “I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”

Yes, days come when we “are cast down,” but never is there a day in which we cannot turn to God and believe in Him. Maybe today’s events cause us to struggle with praising God but I shall yet praise Him.

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