“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 42:11, 43:5
News media daily spew out a common thread of discontent and dissatisfaction from people throughout this global village; and who are they blaming? Certainly not the animal world! There is international conflict, financial woes, displaced refugees, famine, disease and strange outbreaks of sicknesses, violence ending in deaths of thousands of innocent human beings, coupled with the high rise of orphans and widows. Indeed, a very sad commentary, as many are exiled from the familiarity of family, friends, places and things.
The beauty of any country is not found in materialism, but the beauty and success of any country is its people. People make a country; a country does not make the people. Architects and builders design a house and build a house, but those who dwell therein are responsible for making it a home; a home where peace, love, fellowship and relationship reside in harmony.
In our text today, the psalmist in exile is longing for the living God as the deer thirsts for flowing streams in times of drought. He is overcome with depression and surrounded by haters and scoffers because of his faith in God.
Still suffering from depression, he cries out, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go on suffering from the cruelty of my enemies? I am crushed by their insults, as they keep on asking me, ‘Where is your God?’ I will put my hope in God, and once I will praise him, my savior and my God.”
Continuing in Psalm 43, the Psalmist resumes, “Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. 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.”
Why is there so much unhappiness, discontent and depression among many of us? Has life dealt us blows that are too heavy to bear? Have we become exiled in strange lands of poverty and sickness? Have we hung our harps of praise on trees without leaves and fruits? Have we forgotten the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and are now worshipping strange gods? Have we now traded in our passports and become citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah? Have we turned our backs on our children and left them to flounder in the perilous seas of temptation, evil and disobedience?
Whatever may be the root cause of our sadness and distress, we thank God today that hope remains alive, well, able and available. Your sadness will turn to gladness.