3. My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, "Where is you God?"
4. These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God.
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
5. Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.
Does this sound like depression? A terrible sadness that is with one waking or sleeping? Mockery from nonChristians? Hmmmmm, now where is that not so subtlely exhibited today? It is very plain in the drive-by media. ABC, CBS, NBC. CNN, MSNBC, public radio and television and most print media, all have a very very blatant bias to the socialist anti-Christian left. Sometimes it feels like a losing battle. How can we have hope to win or at the very least break even with such odds against us?
BUT in verse 5 is the reminder to "Hope in God", "For the help of His presence." . There is none like God. So "Why are you in despair, O My soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?" WHY? Why am I LETTING the enemy win?
"I shall again praise Him" I will remember. Even when things appear the darkest and the most depressing I know where my hope is. The living God, the unchanging God. I have a history with God. Just because unbelievers have not experienced the salvation, joy, comfort and security of being a child of God to NOT negate my history of personal blessing and miracles.
Why do I dispair and become depressed? I see that my emotions and some very minor circumstances have become upset and upsetting, not God. When has God not been faithful or changed? Never, never, never! In the middle of a situation it may look like I have been forgotten, that God does not see, that He is "dead", BUT when it is all over, I can clearly and unmistakedly see the God's hand of wisdom, grace and mercy was there all the time, holding and sheltering me.
Here and now I have chosen to give voice to my joy and thanksgiving, no matter what goes on around me. Praise God!