Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance. ~Psalm 42:5 NKJV
Have you ever been in the place where this Psalmist is? We're not sure who wrote this particular Psalm, but no matter who it was-he was in a time of despair. But I want to focus on one word. I want to focus on the word "yet."
He was saying that no matter what I go through, I'm going to praise the Lord! He may not have felt like it in his flesh, but he knew that if he'd start praising God, his spirit would lift. I heard someone say once "when you don't feel like praying, pray. Let me rephrase that statement. When you don't feel like praising, praise.
Are you in a place of despair today? Do you feel like your world is crumbling around you? Let me encourage you to praise Him in the midst of it. A dear friend once told me that "when you can't praise God for your circumstances, just praise Him for who He is.
Father, thank you for giving us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Thank You for giving us the strength we need for each trial in life. Lord you're worthy of our praise. In Jesus Name, Amen