Singin’ the Blues
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5 (NIV)
There have been many times that I’ve felt downcast and disturbed, especially with the challenges of these last few years. Maybe you’ve felt that way, too. The Message translates the beginning of verse 5 in terms that may be even easier to relate to: “Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues?”
The world gives us plenty of reasons to be down in the dumps, to cry the blues. The world suggests its own coping mechanisms for temporary relief — food treats, retail therapy, a special indulgence. The mail today even brought an advertisement for a “wearable hug” bracelet that promises to help recovery from stress so the wearer can relax, focus, sleep better and feel better.
Psalm 42 acknowledges our feelings. It does not leave us to our own devices or the world’s suggestions, though. It gives us a God-focused course of action.
- Remember everything we know of God (v. 6).
- Hold close the promise of God’s love all day and his care through the night (v. 8).
- Pray. Talk to God honestly about our feelings (v. 9).
We’re promised that leaning into our relationship with God will help restore us and give us a peace that the world cannot give. “He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God” (v11).
Dearest Lord: Thank You that amidst the world’s chaos you always are with us. When we are downcast and our souls are disturbed, help us to put our hope in you. Help us remember all you have done for us in the past, with the assurance that you will continue to care for us now and in the future. Amen.