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Why Are You in Despair, O My Soul?

October 22, 2019


Why Are You in Despair,  O My Soul?

Most people have had reason  to feel despair.      Stuff happens  that we have no control over.      Our lack of control  simply does not feel good.      When the psalmist faced  a situation  wherein he felt totally helpless,  he wrote  in Psalm 43:3-5,

O send out Thy light  and Thy truth,  let them lead me;
Let them  bring me to Thy holy hill,
And to Thy  dwelling places.
Then  I will go to the altar of God,
To God  my exceeding joy;
And upon the lyre  I shall praise Thee,  O God,  my God.

Why are you in despair,  O my soul?
And why  are you disturbed  within me?
Hope in God,  for I shall again  praise Him,
The help  of my countenance,  and my God.

In the midst of overwhelming stress,  the psalmist had to get a grip  on his feelings,  so he asked himself,  “Why are you in despair, O my soul?”      Yes, indeed.      Why do we despair?      Whatever our circumstances,  God is still God,  and He has loved us  so dearly  that He sent His only begotten Son  to be our Savior.      God is near  to carry us through  our problems,  as He has often promised.

That is why the psalmist sang,  “O send out Thy light  and Thy truth,  let them lead me;  let them bring me to Thy holy hill.”      The truths of God’s word  enlighten our way through this life.      When we go to God’s word  for guidance,  they will provide the rest and trust  we need.      As we abide in God’s word,  we will be seeing  and remembering  all the accounts  of how God has helped His people  down through the ages.      In every tough situation,  it was God  who provided the help  at the right time.      God does all  the real work  for us.

When the children of Israel needed  to escape Pharaoh’s descending army,  it was God  who made a dry path  through the Red Sea  for them to cross over,  and it was God  who drowned the whole Egyptian army  when they tried to cross.      Whenever huge armies  came to destroy Israel,  it was God  who won the battles  for the Israelites  through all sorts of miraculous ways.      When Daniel was thrown  into the lion’s den,  it was God  who made the lions gentle  and closed their mouths.      We could go on  with example after example  of how God provides for His children.

So, Why are you in despair, O my soul?      And why are you disturbed within me?      Hope in God,  for I shall again praise Him,  the help  of my countenance,  and my God.”      Every time things look hopeless,  they are not really hopeless  when we put our trust  in our Lord and Savior.      God is the almighty.      He is able  to deliver us  from any sort of problem.

First,  we need  to go to His word  and remember  all that He has done.      We “let” the light and the truth  of God’s word  be our comfort and guide.      God has not changed.       Then,  we need to praise  our Lord  for the greatness  of His love  for us.      Praise is an expression  of love  and trust.      We love God  because He first loved us,  so we know  He will help us  in His way,  in His time  —  and it will be good.

Resting in God’s truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for being the help  of my countenance,  and my God.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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