Psalm 42:5 – “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”

Not every day is full of sunshine. Even when it is, there are days when inside our souls the rain falls without any sign of slowing.

I have experienced this myself, when the trials of life have overwhelmed me with loss, shame, or betrayal. The grief, the hurt, the sorrow all condense into anguish in the soul.

Some call it discouragement, others call it depression, while some want to label it self-pity. Whatever you want to call it, it is a reality that most people will face from time to time in their life. It can be caused by many things, or even triggered by memories of the past.

David was no stranger to this. I love how the Lord gives us examples in the scriptures of great men of God, who struggled with the human condition like the rest of us. We would do well to remember that when we go through those valleys, when our soul is cast down, that we are not alone, and we are not the first.

David tells himself, “hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance”.

That’s the answer, when it’s time to pull out of the clouds, and get on with life, and back to the ones we love, that is the answer. When we lift our eyes from our pitiful condition, and focus once again on God, then hope can be restored.

Our hope is not in ourselves, or in others, it is in God alone. The act of praising God has with it the power to deliver your soul, and shine the light of hope once again.

Lord, help us when we hurt, and when the rain clouds gather in our soul, save us from the despair of those moments. We praise you God, for the love and hope that can only be found in you. Lift up our eyes, and our hearts, when hope is in short supply. – In Jesus name, amen.