"Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." NIV
"Why are thou cast down O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." KJV
We can all identify with that down and frustrated feeling. Tribulations and ungodly people may cause us to become downcast. If we allow ourselves to keep mentally rehearsing our desperate state, we will find ourselves getting further from God. We may begin to blame Him for our sorrows. When we find ourselves depressed and despairing, let's begin to praise God for all His unending mercy and because of His great love toward us.
Heavenly Father, we know ups and downs will occur in our lives because we live in a cursed world. Forgive us for getting snagged in the despairing times, causing us sadness and hopelessness. Put within us the Spirit of praise and worship to You during these times so that we will rise above them and find peace and joy in Your presence. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC