Hope

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“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him,
my Saviour and my God”

(Psalm 42:5)

Reflection:

A beauty of the psalms is their reality. After acknowledging his dryness, barrenness, loneliness and depression the psalmist asks himself why. He then decides to put his hope in God – and affirms his belief that there will soon come a time when he will praise God for what He has done for him.

 It is so easy and natural for us to turn inwards when we are down. We focus on our depression, wonder where God has gone and even if He may be punishing us for some sin. We may even draw back from those around us and retreat into the comfort or security of our misery.

 However we must not stay there or we will begin to spiral downwards. We need to remind ourselves of God’s love, of our relationship with Him and of all that He has done. Then, turning spiritually towards Him, we can take a decision to entrust ourselves – with our feelings, our present and our future – into His hands. After all there is nowhere better, and no one more suitable, than the Almighty Father, the Eternal Saviour and the Indwelling Spirit. It is an act of faith and trust, and one to which God responds.

“the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:11)

 His presence and His love are our greatest need and our greatest blessing. Whether or not He changes our context He will, by His presence, change us within our context. And He will walk us through it to the other side, where we too can turn and praise Him.

“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” (Psalm 118:14)

Response:

Turn to the Lord now. Ask for His presence and help. Express your trust in Him.

Prayer:

Lord God, I thread my arm through Yours and hold on tight. You are with me and within me. Please fill me with Your Spirit, Your love and Your strength and take me safely forward. Amen.

 

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