A doctor friend of mine lamented that in the past when people had something that ailed them, they made an appointment. Now they go to WebMD or Google and attempt to self-diagnose, often with erroneous results. I certainly see his point, but I confess I still tend to visit Dr. Google first!
But self-diagnosis does have a place especially in regard to our spiritual lives and condition. The author of Psalm 42, a son of Korah, recognized that he was depressed and distressed. It seems that he wasn’t even fully aware of the cause of his disquiet. He wrote:
“Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me?” (Psalm 42:5; CSB)
While he may not have known the reasons for his disquiet, he did know enough to identify his negative feelings and to articulate them. Almost everyone I talk to these days admits to experiencing the same disquieting and distressing symptoms the psalmist did. But alas, so few people know the remedy that the Psalmist did. This unnamed son of Korah knew the prescription that would bring healing and help when he says to himself:
“Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:6; CSB)
Some versions say, “my help” or “my health” or “my cheer” in place of “my savior”. All are correct. God is our help, our health, our cheer, our savior!
Are you feeling the same weight of the world? Are you feeling your spirit being dragged down? Are you feeling that nagging uneasiness that is so prevalent? Then won’t you take the Psalm 42 prescription?
First put you hope fully in God! Where is your hope? In science? In politicians? In the economy? They will all fail you. There is no real hope apart from God and his Son Jesus Christ. Think it, believe it, say it out loud, “Jesus Christ, my hope is in you alone!”
Second, lift your voice and give praise to God! Regardless of the circumstances, regardless of your feelings. Don’t wait for Sunday! Give praise and glory to Jesus Christ today! As you look up to Jesus, you will sense your spirit rise too!
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