Why art thou cast down?

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. 

(Psalm 42)

Is there a cause? A real cause to be cast down? Have not others more cause? Why do I dishonor God with my melancholy dejections? Why do I discourage others and do so much injury to myself?

A believing confidence in God is a sovereign antidote against prevailing disheartenment and anxiety of the spirit. When the soul embraces itself it sinks, but if it catches hold of the power and promise of God, it keeps the head above water.

1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overcast.

(Psalm 57)

Support yourself with faith, hope and prayer to God. Depend on God, let your soul rest in Him with sincere devotion. Profess your confidence in God and be assured that your troubles will end well, in due time and the storm will blow over.

God takes us under his wing, which suggests warmth and refreshment, even when calamities are upon us. God by his promises, offers himself to us, to be trusted, we by our faith must accept of him, and put our trust in him.

– Summarized and quoted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Old Testament, Psalm 42 & 57 studies

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