Text:  Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Psalm 42:5.

Many a time, we allow situations and vicissitudes of life to deprive us of joy, happiness and tranquility. At times it is not the negative situation we pass through that sweep off our happiness but the seed of hatred and jealousy which we have allowed Satan to plant in our hearts for others whose progress we envy.

We often allow challenges of life to influence negatively the way we feel, the way we think and act. We become moody, we lose interest in activities we once loved, our faith in God dwindles and the ability to work towards our goals and achieve them wanes, thereafter, depression set in.

Beloved, depression is one of the tools of the devil to make our lives miserable and to destroy us in the end. No depressed person can be an achiever.

The psalmist was conscious of depression; he knew that as a result of the negative situation he was passing through, depression was gradually setting in unto his life that he cried out to his soul. “Why art thou cast down”- Why are you so afflicted beyond measure my soul, distressed, very sad? We do not know the actual event that led to this penning of the Psalm. But most Bible Scholars point to Absalom rebellion in which David was driven from the sanctuary which led to his being cut off from the privilege of waiting on God. The rebellion gave him inward distress but he quickly warded it off by admonishing himself to Hope in God.

Beloved, the way out of depression is having hope in God. This we do by speaking the word of God unto ourselves, remembering His promises and plans for us, as well as guiding our minds wandering off into despair. We should know that at most times devil exaggerates situations. He always gives us a bad picture of ourselves and situations. Instead of concentrating on our problems, let us like David concentrate on God and His words and have hope in Him. To have hope in God is to have confidence and expectation that what God has promised He will do it. The Bible says that God has pleasure in those who fear Him and hope in His mercy. Jeremiah 17:7 says: blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is in the Lord.

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