What do you do when you’re discouraged? When your heart is sad?
After the past few years, I think most of us understand the feeling. Everyone’s lives have been affected by the covid crisis in one way or another and many continue to struggle physically, financially, and emotionally.
The writer of Psalm 42 was deeply discouraged. He had been exiled to a land far from Jerusalem and felt the disappointment of no longer being able to worship God at the Temple.
My heart is breakingPsalm 42:4
as I remember how it used to be.
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
amid the sound of great celebrations.
I hear from so many of you who are dealing with feelings of discouragement. Some for personal reasons and others simply as a result of watching the news or scrolling through social media.
So, let me ask you once again . . . what do you do when you’re discouraged?
The Psalmist took his discouragement to God and found hope. And we can too.
Why am I discouraged?Psalm 42:5
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise Him again—
my Savior and my God!
Hope in God is not just a feeling that things will turn out for the best; our hope is the faith and confidence that God always keeps His promises. It is the confident expectation that God is who He says He is and that He does what He says He will do.
God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.Hebrews 6:18
We celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection yesterday. God promised a Savior and He sent His only Son to be that Savior so that all who believe in Him can be with Him forever. Because of Jesus, we have the evidence of God’s promise and His oath that what He says is the absolute truth.
We can trust every single one of His promises.
Promises like these…
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.Isaiah 41:10
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.John 16:33
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.Romans 8:28 (CSB)
This is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
God has graciously given us His Word to tell us the truth about His grace, mercy, and love. When we set our hearts and minds on all that God has done in the past. When we remember all the ways He has already kept so many of His promises already. We can live each day with the hope of Jesus set free from discouragement.
So, like the Psalmist, when you’re discouraged and sad—pause and remember…
Now I am deeply discouraged,Psalm 42:6
but I will remember You
Remember God’s promises and all the times He has kept them.
Each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me,Psalm 42:8
and through each night I sing His songs,
praying to God who gives me life.
By God’s grace and with His help we will no longer be discouraged but join with countless others who are able to rejoice in His unfailing love and sing His praise.
A Prayer to Pray When You’re Discouraged
Father, I come before You honestly admitting that I’ve been discouraged. Life can be hard sometimes. So many friends are facing difficult problems. Their hearts are hurting and their minds are anxious. The enemy works overtime to use our circumstances, the news, and social media to distract and discourage us.
But You promise that You are with us. And when I pause to remember . . . I have felt Your presence in my life more times than I can remember. Your Word says that You will never leave me or forsake me. And because I know that You have been with me in the past and I know I trust You to be with me in the present and the future. You are faithful in all You do. You are faithful to keep Your promises.
So, I will hold all of Your promises close to my heart. I will resist the enemy with the Sword of the Spirit using Your Word to make him flee. (James 4:7) I will devote myself to prayer with a thankful heart. (Colossians 4:2) And I will lift You up with thanks and praise. (Psalm 106:1)
I give myself to You and I trust that You will give me what I need to fight discouragement and live this day with a thankful joy-filled heart and mind. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
So, maybe today, if you’re asked what you do when you’re discouraged, you’ll be able to answer…
- I run to God in prayer.
- I remember all He has done in the past.
- I thank and praise Him for who He is and all He does.
- I focus on His promises.
- I thank Him for His all-sufficient one-day-at-a-time grace.
May God be with you and encourage you as you place your trust in His unfailing love.
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