2010-06-18 - Despair Not
Originally Published 2007-01-21
Psalm 43:5, "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."
You may have noticed that the Psalmist closes Psalm 43 here with the same words he closes Psalm 42.
David Dickson gives us six things we can learn from this Psalm.
I reproduced Dickson's thoughts on this verse because I like how he breaks apart the verse and shows how it develops. It is often the case where we are disquieted in our hearts, and it can be hard to know where to turn or what to do. As Dickson says, there is no rest for such a spirit but to anchor itself in the Rock, namely the Lord Jesus Christ. It is when we take our cares and turn them over to Christ that we find our cares placed in capable hands. It is when we hold firm to all our doubt and fears, and treasure them up in our hearts, that we can fall deeper and deeper into despair.
We are given sure comfort in Psalm 55:22 where we are told to, "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall." May the Lord give us the grace and strength to make Him our strength when we are downcast. May we rest in His tender care when it seems that the walls are closing in, and the roof is falling upon us. He alone can sustain us. He, as Psalm 43:5 tells us, is our hope. We may cast all our cares upon Him.
Soli Deo Gloria,