We need to commit this verse to memory to use when you become discouraged. Practice praising the Lord even when you feel discouraged. You will be amazed at how it will lift your spirits. How many times do we despair about our circumstances, or become discouraged because of a situation? It is easy to do if we take our eyes off our Redeemer, the One who can save us.
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again, my Savior and my God!” ~Psalm 42:5
The book of Psalms is such an incredible wealth of inspiration, encouragement, wisdom and insight. There are so many times we can relate to the Psalmist David. He cried out to God in times of deep anguish and despair. He rejoiced and praised the Lord during times of blessing and provision. The one thread we see throughout the Psalms is this – whether he was praising the Lord, or asking for His divine intervention, he recognized God’s hand in everything that took place in his life. He knew that no matter what happened around him the Lord was mighty to save and would provide a way of escape. He never took his eyes off the Lord and placed them on his circumstance.
This passage explains very clear instructions as to how we are to handle distress, disappear, loneliness, depression and a myriad of other emotions that can so easily plague our minds. Put your hope in the Lord. Maybe we can’t see the relief that is coming, there seems to be no light at the end of that tunnel. We need to constantly be checking where our focus is. Is it on the end of that tunnel? Are we more focused on where and how the answer is coming than we are on the One from whom it comes? How, where and when is up to the Lord and His timing. If our focus is right this will bring the peace that is evading us in our present situation.
Where is your focus today? Do you need to take some time to refocus your thoughts on Christ rather than on your circumstances? Meditate on Psalm 42:5, asking the Lord to let it sink deep into your spirit. Doing so will bring your spirit peace.