Why Are You Down My Soul?
By: Josh Clevenger
Psalm 43:5 ESV
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Though we walk with the Lord, we often find ourselves in despair and desperation from the cares of this life.
The place is familiar to those who believe in God because our faith is tested to produce perseverance, character, and hope. This place can be dark and lonely. Fear surrounds us like a conquering army, and our thoughts give no comfort or hope. We lose sight of destination because the shadows of defeat dance around us in our weakest moments.
The thing that brought hope now brings despair. We retreat to find no comfort from the bombardment of dreadful thoughts echoing in our minds. The moment we think all is lost, a voice of hope calls out from the fog of hopelessness, as it did for the psalmist.
The voice comforts me and my soul. It is strong but gentle. The voice brings kindness and grace. In my weakest moments, the voice becomes a picture of my salvation in Christ. My Savior has found me amidst my loneliness and helplessness. My comfort has come from Him, and my hope is renewed in His presence.
Christ shows me His wounds to remind me He has already won the battle. He puts my hand in His side to show me He was pierced for my victory. His pain is my comfort and His sacrifice is my peace.
Christ points to the sun and tells me it lights my day, but He lights my soul. I turn to find Him, but I cannot see Him anymore. My desperate thoughts rush back, but a still small voice inside my soul reminds me He never left.
When your soul is cast down, get back up with a renewed sense of purpose. God is always with you. Let you soul be strengthened in His love, and rest in His promises. You may not always understand the path, but you can understand He is always with you.