Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. —Psalm 43:5
The Psalms are a good place to camp out if your heart’s desire is to be grateful—though not because they’re filled with only happy, upbeat sentiments. It surprises many to find that the Psalms vibrate with every emotion known to man. They speak of back-breaking pressures, deep valleys of depression, times when life barely seems worth living. And yet the Psalms reveal that the only ultimate answer to grief, pain, and loss is a constant returning to God in worship and gratitude. Every other solution proves empty and short-lived, incapable of infusing real hope into unbearable situations.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Ps 30:5)
Your heart may be crying out, “Oh God, let it be morning!” Keep hoping in Him until the day finally dawns. Even in the darkest night, you can still experience His peace and rest, knowing that the joy of morning is ahead.
Make it Personal
Are there any Psalms that resonate with you during times of trial? What is it about them that speaks to your heart?