Feeling introspective, and for me that often means asking the same question as the psalmist “why so downcast, oh my soul? Why so disturbed within me?”
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? 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
Well, this time I got thinking:
With the question comes a command, rooted in a willful ‘yet’.
Maybe, the reason for the downcast and disturbed-ness is ‘hope’ placed inappropriately!
In the KJV, they use the word “disquieted” in place of “disturbed” and that makes sense in light of God’s call in Psalm 46:10 to “Be still.”
Turmoil works in opposition to faith-filled stillness. It riles us up when we could be resting. And resting is found only one step away…
“Put your hope” as in, it’s gotta move.
I’m reminded here of James 2:17 that says “faith without deeds is dead” because belief in God’s promises requires action. Movement. Shifting of hope. Transfer of focus. To have faith that’s alive is to have follow through. One step. From flesh-mode to Spirit-mode.
Why am I downcast? Maybe my hope is hunkered where it shouldn’t be. Moving my hope is essential, because confident assurance in the God of my salvation says, “For I will yet praise Him!”
And friends, He is faithful, and worthy to be praised!