Leviticus 19:1-20:21; Mark 8:11-38; Psalm 42:1-11; Proverbs 10:17
“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.”
Recently, a rhino virus got the best of me and took me ‘out of commission’ for the better part of a week. One day my ‘downcast soul’ started to get the better of me as well, so I grabbed a family hymnal and started reading and singing praise songs.
Confessing with my mouth the greatness and goodness of God pushed back the dark clouds.
My head still feels ‘in a fog’ but my spirit is revived.
King David who wrote Psalm 42 was beside himself at times with fear and worry. With enemy taunts and threats on all sides, he knew he couldn’t save himself from his enemies. But as he praised God and focused on the One who could save him, his soul was revived. He remembered and praised the God who helped him slay a giant and protected him from a crazy king Saul.
Feeling beside yourself today?
Take heart! Your Savior and your God is there with you!
He who has defeated sin, death and Satan on the Cross is here to lift you up.
Lord God, thank you for always being by my side–even when I am beside myself! Your peace that passes understanding centers me and calms me and gives me hope. Thank and praise your Holy Name. Knowing that you have already defeated our deadliest enemies through your suffering and death on the Cross, gives me strength to meet another day. May Your Word dwell in me richly and produce good works to your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.