My Hope in God-Psalm 42:5 (KJV)

(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. Psalm 42:5 -KJV)


I must admit, there are days that I feel downcast. It happens for no apparent reason. I woke up and felt depressed. It does not matter which side of the bed I climbed out of. It can be a sunny day or overcast. It does not matter.

I can relate to David in the Psalms. I realize, after I have lingered in the city of pity, I must try to work my way through this low point. David speaks to himself, “why are you downcast, O my soul?”

I must say the same. “What are you depressed about?” I ask myself. I ponder and find no apparent reason, so I put my hope in God. I look to His word and see all the wonderful things He has done for His people, and I remember all He has done for me. Slowly my mood changes and I can be productive for the day. I have learned to practice this. I have learned that I cannot trust my feelings. I can only trust God and His word. When I practice reading and applying what it says, living life becomes easier.

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Paula Hixenbaugh