“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.” (Psalm 42:5, NIV)
Do you ever have those “down” days that just sneak up on you and catch you by surprise? I know I do. While I try to stay positive about things, every so often I find myself feeling kinda blue and I’m not even sure why. Sure, I have my regular challenges to face, but I usually recognize the “downs” they bring.
Some days I just feel down for no real reason.
On days like that I really need to take a good look at the things I am thinking. Invariably, there will be some thought that is stuck in my head like a broken record. (I’m hoping that reference is not too out of date now that we have CD’s and MP3 players!).
I will notice a subtle something going on. Something just doesn’t feel right. When that happens, I realize I have once again taken my focus off of God and put it on myself. It’s easy to do.
I start to compare myself to others and what they are able to do. I become unsatisfied with my life and start wanting “more.” If I let myself stay in those places, I can become brooding and resentful.
How it helps me to have Scripture to look at! The Psalmist admits he knows he is downcast and disturbed, yet he quickly challenges himself by asking himself a question.
“Why am I feeling this way when I know I have reason to praise God?” are the words I see in that verse. The Psalmist is not looking at himself and the here-and-now. He is looking at God and the future and is confident that He will does have reason to praise God. He is embodying hope.
I pray dear reader, that in the times you feel downcast and disturbed, that you will challenge those thoughts and know that hope is yours, too. Hope that can only be found in God.
The answer to “down”?
Father God, Thank you that you have provided a means for us to manage our feelings when we are “down.” It is encouraging that you acknowledge that we will have those times, those moments, when things look bleak and we have no hope. Thank you that once we look to You in confidence, we will be able to praise you, our God and our Savior