Psalm 42-46 (NIV)
Mario Ross, Elder
Have a thirst for God; when you feel lonely or depressed, meditate on God’s kindness and love.
There is, or there will be a time in our lives that we will be discouraged or depressed. As I was reading the scriptures assigned to me, I noticed this verse. “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.”
Did you know that this verse is written three times? Twice in Chapter 42 (42:5 and 42:11) and again in Chapter 43 (verse 5).
I think God wants to make sure that we get that, and remember this word of hope. In Psalm 46:1, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
How often do we forget these scriptures when we face hard times? When we are in tough times, we need to remind ourselves of what the song says–“Nothing is wasted,” that God will use these tough times to witness to other people about our faith. He wants us to put our hope in Him; He is our refuge and strength. He wants us to remember, “Be still and know that I am God.”
My prayer for today is this: “Lord help me to remember that when I am in tough times I want others to see you through me, see that my hope is in you, and that my strength comes from you.