“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
The entire 42nd Psalm is a prayer for deliverance from being oppressed by the enemy and for restoration to the presence of God at his temple. In the scripture above the soul is downcast as he remembers the time when he had the intimacy with God, and now while in exile he remembers God and painfully wonders, yet not without hope that he must praise God and again put his trust in him for his deliverance. So often when we find ourselves in trouble we call on God to deliver us from our troubles, but when things are going good for us we forget to give God thanks for the good things that he is providing us. We all have had times when things go bad in our lives, when it seems like no matter how hard we try we keep falling further and further down in a bottomless pit that has no end. Everything we do seems to be the wrong decision and leads us further and further into the darkness. These are the times that we begin to call on God for help to get us out of despair and get us back on the right path. No better example of this is the one of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, who before he did battle against his enemy had his people praise the Lord with singing. 2nd Chronicles 20:21-22 “After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: Give thanks to the Lord for his love endures forever. As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” My philosophy is that we can call on God during our times of trouble, but we can’t forget to thank God in the good times as well, which so many people do not do. When we are facing trials and troubles in our lives that seem insurmountable, we need to begin to worship God and praise him for his awesome majesty and glory. So often the only thing holding us back from overcoming our troubles and getting us back on the right path is our lack of thanksgiving. This is shown so often in scriptures that when God’s people begin to remember God and worship and praise him with thanksgiving, he begins to work on our behalf and begins to bring us out of our troubles. We cannot thank God enough for the blessings he bestows on us. Psalm 91:14-15 “Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
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