“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
Sometimes it comes upon us suddenly and unawares. There is a feeling of apprehension, heaviness, something is making us uneasy or concerned and we just don’t understand why. Perhaps things have been going well so far today, but then this hits us. We begin to question where the thoughts are coming from and why we are feeling this way.
Like the Psalmist, when this happens, we know where to go. We know there is someone we can talk to who knows exactly what we are experiencing, and He has the answer if we just call on His Name and start to praise Him.
There are some things we need to remember when our soul feels disquieted”
- Our relationship with God. It is so important that every day, we spend some time with Him in prayer, committing our day to Him. He knows exactly what our day will be like, and He will provide the strength that we need for whatever it holds.
- The promises in the Bible. The Scriptures that we have memorized through the years will comfort and guide us in every situation. For example:
Isaiah 41:10 “ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
- Past experiences. As we reflect on the many times that the Lord has heard our cry in the past and sent peace to our hearts, we begin to thank Him, realizing that He is able to meet us again as He has before.
I am sure that all of us have had days like this when we feel confused and disquieted. The enemy of our soul would like to convince us that we have done something wrong and that is why we are feeling this way. He would like us to make us feel guilty, and that the Lord will not hear our prayers. Guilt comes from the enemy, but conviction comes from God. As we let the Lord search our hearts, we can ask forgiveness if there is anything that is not pleasing to Him. He is always ready to forgive and to restore our peace.
The last part of Psalm 42:5 says: “hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
Prayer: Thank you Jesus, that you are always there when we call. You never change and you can take away the confusion and uneasiness that we feel and give us a peaceful and quiet spirit.
Devotion by Anne Johnston