June 11, 2021

Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 43:1-5)

As we read (Psalm 43), we see someone experiencing hills of delight and valleys of depression. Up and down, up and down; the authors’ emotions are like a spiritual roller coaster. Can we relate?

You may be asking the question, why? Some people have physical reasons for their behavior, which could be a chemical imbalance. But often, their discontentment and despair are self-driven. The truth is, we all have a choice; we can choose to praise or choose to pout.

So why do we get down or depressed? The first clue is seen in the author’s use of personal pronouns (I, me, and my) seventeen times in five verses. One reason we can get depressed is having an unhealthy fixation on ourselves: my problems, my feelings, my needs, me, me, me …

As we read closely in (Psalm 43), we can see the cause of the palmist’s depression and his cure. The psalmist began with a plea in the valley, but five verses later, he praises God from the hills. He realized a healthy attitude could change his disposition – it is not about us; it is about God. It is not about our weaknesses because God is our strength. As the psalmist did, we also need to cry out to God, focusing on His deliverance, His defense, and His dependability. We can trust Him. Remember, it is not about you.

Be encouraged, friends; instead of following our feelings, we should trust God to direct us in the way we should go. He will lead and guide us with His Word because His Word is truth.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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