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Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.
It is all too easy to get discouraged. When we look at the economy, the news, or even the struggles within our own family, it can be depressing – especially when it feels that the pressure simply won’t let up. Our souls (minds, wills, and emotions) can feel defeated, and our peace can seem fleeting as a growing war is being waged inside of us.
Davis is saying that when things feel hopeless, we need a shift in perspective. Looking at our problems only makes us feel as if we are about to drown. Looking unto God gives us a rope to climb out of the pit we sometimes find ourselves in.
Countenance literally means face or facial expression. We serve a God of mercy, forgiveness, hope, grace, love, and truth. We can look upon His face, and draw closer to Him by meditating on His word, inviting His presence in worship, and by talking to Him, and asking for His perspective in prayer. That is why it is so important to walk with Him, especially in our generation, because the road is filled with pitfalls and landmines. We need to look upon His face for guidance and hope.
Lord, I thank You for today and for Your goodness toward me. I need You today. You are my help, my strength, my defense, and my hope. I pray that the joy of the Lord would be my strength as I place my trust in You. I break every word spoken against me, my family, my pastors, or my church in Jesus’ name! You are good and faithful to Your word. Walk with me today and help me to love you more. Amen.