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Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God. Psalm 42: 5 AMPC
David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30: 6 AMPC
Life always has challenges. We’ve all faced trying times. And it’s nice to have people you can trust. People you know are in your corner, looking out for you. People who are really there for you in your distress. But there are times when no one is there. Times when the encouraging word will not come from another person. These are the times when, much like David, we must be able to encourage ourselves in the Lord.
Many of us react to difficulty as though there is no hope. As though there is no God. But for those of us who follow Jesus. For those of us who know where our help comes from… This should not be. David literally spoke to his soul. He questioned why he was feeling so despondent. Why he was in such deep despair. Why so disheartened. So discouraged. It’s a valid question we should all ask when we allow ourselves to be weighed down by problems. David didn’t ask because he was unaware of his own problems. He asked because the truth is, when we have God, we have hope. God has promised to never forsake us. Never leave us without support. He says in His Word that He will never forget us. Never loosen his grip on us. Always bear us up. Always rescue us. Always be a very present help in our times of need. So if we believe this to be true. And as Christ followers, we do. Then the question still stands in the face of despair: Why are we so downcast? Why do we groan and complain? Why has our inner peace been so disturbed?
Like David, we must remind ourselves to hope in God. To know that He is with us. To wait on God. And to wait on Him with expectant hearts. Assured of His love and faithfulness. We must then find the strength to yet praise God as David did. To praise God nevertheless. To praise Him in spite of how bad things seem. God is worthy of praise no matter what our lives look like. May hope rise up in our hearts and praise flow out of our mouths as we remember that God is for us. Let us encourage ourselves in the Lord. Not just with ‘positive thinking’. But with thoughts of the power and goodness of our great God. Proven in our own lives and all throughout the pages of scripture. May we never forget where our hope truly lies. And where our help comes from.
Love & Blessings,