“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” –Psalm 42:5
In Psalm 42, we find David facing sadness, worry, and isolation. David is scared and worried because of enemies all around him. He has to command himself to “Hope in God” two times within this Psalm. At times he feels like God is very far off and distant. David questions himself and asks “why are you cast down…? He knows he has every reason to praise God, to not be anxious, to have peace. David reminds himself of truth: that he is not alone, and that the Lord is his salvation.
We have to do this in our daily walk with the Lord. This “reminding myself of truth,” has been very helpful in my walk with the Lord. I have to mentally remind myself to put my Hope in God, knowing that God’s Hope is a certain Hope. I have to sing songs to the Lord to carry me through the day. I have to read His Word daily in order to know truth compared to the world’s lies.
As a church, reminding ourselves and each other to put our Hope in the Lord is vital. May we be a church that actively seeks to encourage one another in Truth.