Sunday, July 09, 2006

Why Art Thou Cast Down?

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”  Psalm 43:5

This life can become very depressing.  You may be going through things that have come upon you brought about by no action of your own.  Other things in life come our way due to the result of some of the decisions we have made in life, and this also may be the case with you.  Whatever the reason, there is no reason to live without hope like may others are doing in this world.  

We all have been through trying times and whether you are a Christian or not, you will go through other valleys in your life like the rest of us.  David was going through a great valley when he asked the question, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?” His thoughts were continually surging forward, sometimes in mere depression and sometimes even in anger and bitterness, yet he was a child of God!  But when he came to himself, he realized where his hope lay, in the Creator, Author and Finisher of all things.  

Have you rested in this hope of Christ.  Have you asked him into your heart to become your Savior and Lord, admitting you’re a sinner!  Are you still waling in the light?  “7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I John 1:7  If you are, you still have hope.  If you haven’t ever really given your heart to Christ or if you just made a “decision” which amounts to a intellectual experience only, then you need to come to the Cross and cast yourself at Jesus’ feet in repentance, seeking his forgivness and excepting him as LORD.  If you have prayed at one time, giving your heart to the LORD, but have slipped back, you need to renew your faith and come back to him like the Prodigal Son came back to the father.  

Please remember the words in Hebrews 10:38  “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”  Saint of God, use your depressed state as a stilt for prayer and fly before the Lord, making your requests known before him.  “20  But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” Jude 1:20

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