I have my Bible app on my phone set up to notify me the verse of the day everyday. Usually I skim through the verse but this morning it hit home.
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Psalms 42:11
This verse along with the message I heard at church last night about having peace in the midst of the storm have encouraged and lifted me up. God knew what I needed and when I needed it.
The phrase from this verse “hope thou in God” stuck out like a lit up sign with flashing arrows pointing to it. It was like it was speaking to me, ‘Hey Caleb! Where is your hope at? Is it in yourself or the things that you can do or is it in God?’ Man, that struck home with me. To many times I hope in my own strength and power that I can do things and that I can fix things, but my hope should be in God.
If your soul is cast down, if it is disquieted (worried or anxious), look inside yourself to see where your hope is. Look inside yourself to see if you are trying to do everything on your own. Life by yourself is hard!!
Put your hope in God! Let your trust be in God!
When you get down and out and feel sorry for yourself, you also loose your praise. Find something that you can praise God about…your salvation, the blessings He gives you everyday! If we stop and think, we can sit here and praise God all day for His goodness to us!
The health of your countenance is determined by the relationship you have with God! I told one of my friends the other week that his countenance was joyful and refreshed, something I hadn’t seen on him in a long time. Come to find out, he told me that he has been spending time walking with God and getting back to his devotions. You could tell by his countenance that he was hoping in God and praising Him and having a good relationship with God.
My goal this week is to not let the cares and problems of this world drag me down! my goal this week is to hope in the Lord! To praise the Lord for everything He has done for me! My goal this week is get a healthy countenance from a good relationship with God!
Let’s all strive to be better this week as we put our hope in God!