Psalm 42:5-6

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. My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.

Not long after I committed my life to obedience to the Lord, I was placed at a difficult crossroads. My earthly desire greatly longed for something, but the Lord had clearly revealed that it was not mine to have. The desire itself was not of an inherently sinful nature and had I not known that the Lord had directed me away from it, I would have done all I could to obtain it. However, in obedience to the Lord I pursued it not, which proved to a very difficult decision and one that caused much torment. Many times did I seek solitude with the Lord in tears over it, with no other reason but for the relief of my anguish.

I daresay that all of us may have had to go through something in life that results in a feeling of utter hopelessness and despair at one point or another. Perhaps it was the loss of a beloved family member, or life circumstances demanding all that you have and more. Our enemy seeks to direct our gaze inward so that we see but the smallest circle of the world in which the Lord has placed us. The Psalmist gives a remedy for this tunnel vision. Remember who the Lord is and what He has done! Such remembrance will lift our eyes away from us and redirect our gaze toward our great God. He renews us day by day.

Lord, help me to remember all that you have done. Let my soul turn to you quickly. You are a great God and no matter what I may face, you are my Hope. I will praise you, O God of my salvation!

– Andy Brown