Psalm 43:5 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.
Taking on a project of writing a devotional on psalms forces one to meditate on each one. One of the strongest impressions is the constant battle David had with feelings of despair and being overwhelmed by his enemies. His questions are: “Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”
It is written of David that he is a man after God’s heart. Even so he had to deal with the barrage of thoughts that come against all believers. Jesus said that Satan is the father of lies and the accuser of the brothers to God. But Satan not only accuses us to God he accuses God to us. In the garden he said to Eve: “Did God really say?” The battlefield were the enemy engages us is our mind.
Did God say you would prosper? Did God say He would bless you? Where is His blessing then? Where are your finances? Did God say you are His son or daughter? Did He really say He loves you? Do you really have any friends? Do you really think anyone likes you? Do you have an anointing? On and on the questions go ever-accusing God’s integrity and care for you.
Even after great victories the enemy will come with doubts. Elijah demonstrated to the whole nation of Israel that God was God and Baal was nothing. He then slew all of the false prophets, prayed for rain to end a drought and then out ran Ahab’s chariot to Damascus. But one statement from Jezebel had him running in fear for his life.
The enemy does not play by rules of sportsmanship and fair play. He is no respecter of men. He will attack from behind, he will attack weakness and vulnerability, and He will especially attack when the body is tired.
But David says to his soul: “Why are you downcast? Why are you so disturbed?” He refocuses his soul on hope based in God and praising Him for our salvation and His lordship. The enemy always tries to get our eyes, the windows to our soul, focused down on our circumstances. But we need to be as David and command our soul to be lifted up through our hope in God and in the amazing salvation we have through Christ.
Prayer: “Lord, forgive me for looking at my circumstances and letting them become bigger than you. I lift up my eyes to you, my hope, my Savior, and my God. I command my soul to rise up and to be strengthened in you in Jesus’ name. Amen!”