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. Psalm 42:5
Do you ever talk to yourself?
Talk yourself into something or out?
Ever tell yourself to buck up?
Or to stop it?
These days, when you’re talking to yourself, you can pretend you’re important, talking instead to someone on your wireless headphones.
The verses above are written by someone who is talking to himself.
Asking his very soul why he is down.
When you are down, do you ask yourself why?
Or do you already know the reason.
The Psalmist is not asking why his soul is down.
He knows why.
He is asking why he haven’t risen above the crud.
Why he is still choosing not to praise God instead.
He goes on to literally tell himself to hope in God.
He reminds himself to choose hope.
Then declares he will again praise God, reminding himself of God’s salvation.
The next time you are down, tell yourself to hope in God.
Declare you will praise God instead.
Remind yourself of God’s perfect salvation.
Choose to focus on God, purposing to choose hope instead of despair.
It’s ok to remind yourself.
Until it becomes a habit to choose hope in God instead of despair in your situation, you’ll need to purpose yourself.
But don’t worry.
God would love to help you.
Every single time.