He addresses it as the faithful and tender companion of all his joys and all his sorrows—his treasure and his all. It can discern God's smile under a frown; it can read His name to be "love" beneath the dark dispensation; it can behold the Sun of Righteousness beaming through the interstices of gloomy clouds; and now and then it can catch a glimpse of the harbor itself, with the towering turrets and golden spires of the "new Jerusalem" glittering in the distance. The etymology of the English word "despair" is "enlightening" - Despair - early 14 century, from stem of Old French desperer "be dismayed, lose hope, despair," from Latin desperare "to despair, to lose all hope," from de- "without" (see de-) + sperare "to hope," from spes "hope" (see sperate). “"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Is there no kind bosom to lean upon? Yachal - 40 verses in the OT and rendered in NAS as delay(1), have hope(2), hope(13), hoped(1), wait(13), wait expectantly(2), waited(7), waste time(1). May 14, 2020 by Will Barkley. Psalm 44:4-note You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob. I am afraid most Christians simply succumb to them. But, if I may use the expression, he takes his desponding soul beyond the attributes of God to hope in the Person of God himself. 4. This it is that makes the guilt of sin lie with weight upon the soul. Why am I so troubled? If you can believe God in the midnight of your soul, then you have ten times more cause to rejoice than to sorrow. Are not his consolations the same? 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. Are you discouraged? be strong in God! and why art thou disquieted in me? It is designed to teach us a very important lesson: How to handle our blue moods, those times when you say to yourself, "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?" So that time in Germany of leaning heavily for those days of fear on Psalm 42 was really big. This will enable us to look a little at the foundation of the encouragement, strength and relief that David proposed to his soul—"Hope in God." Let's examine the context for the answer…. Conversely, “to raise the face” of another is to show favor, respect, acceptance (1Sa 25:35), or show partiality and favoritism (Lev 19:15). Isaiah 12:3 Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation. (Remember that next time you feel as if He has deserted you dear believer -- and memorize Hebrews 13:5-note!) Lanphier gave his idea another go on the following week. And though we’re tempted to despair, This is your remedy. A Psalm of David. 1:13. Beyond the losses of this life But I can usually trace these miserable seasons to some personal cause, and the first thing to do is to attend to that cause and get it into the sunshine again. Jeremiah 6:23 "They seize bow and spear; They are cruel and have no mercy; Their voice roars like the sea, And they ride on horses, Arrayed as a man for the battle Against you, O daughter of Zion!". As Christians, we know there is only one sure and abiding source of hope, and that is God. trials which none but a man's own soul can know; for each heart knows its own bitterness—each one is best acquainted with his own sorrows, burdens, and perplexities. (hif) confess, make an admission, i.e., to publicly admit to something, usually a wrong of some kind (Ps 32:5; Pr 28:13); (hitp) (Lev 5:5; Da 9:4) (A Dictionary of Biblical Languages w- Semantic Domains- Hebrew). His promise is as immutable as His love. The guilt of sin. Indeed we must continually fix our eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:2), for outside of Him, there is no hope! I was living with my wife in an apartment with another man, sharing a kitchen and sharing a bathroom. We do not doubt that God is there. Job 13:15 "Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. ", Isaiah 52:7 How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, "Your God reigns!". Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. and why art thou disquieted within me? 5. Some scholars feel that the occasion which is reflected in this psalm was when David was excluded from the temple at the time of Absalom's rebellion. Proverbs 14:19 The evil will bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. It was, as I full well remember, in the month of February, 1825, and when on my way from Dublin to this Observatory, for Dr. Brinkley had invited me to join a dinner party here. Isaiah 56:1 ¶ Thus says the LORD, "Preserve justice and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come And My righteousness to be revealed. This is, perhaps, one of the greatest achievements of faith. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? The time will come when "I shall praise him who is the health of my countenance and my God," adds the sweet Psalmist of Israel. Rod Mattoon in a sermon on Job has the following discussion - Three times in Psalm 42 and 43 David said, Psalm 42:5; 42:11; 43:5—“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Pray that it may grow in your heart, and send forth its sweet perfume. Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Then, the Lord revealed Himself and reminded Elijah that He was quietly working among His people. Why be discouraged and sad? 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? - James Smith. The Christian’s hope is in the Lord, Praising my Savior all the day long. Together, the two lenses outfit "four eyes" with a set of natural bifocals, allowing him to see both the upper world and the underworld. We appreciate the wonder-working power of your name, God Most High. A gracious soul can take little satisfaction in God's courts, if it do not meet with God himself there. abhorring, troublesome and burdensome, to a spiritual man, and is 2 Kings 6:33 While he was still talking with them, behold, the messenger came down to him and he said, "Behold, this evil is from the LORD; why should I wait for the LORD any longer?". Often when depressed, I challenge my soul with these questions. Wherefore art thou very sad (perilupos = afflicted beyond measure, deeply grieved, deeply distressed, profoundly sorrowful), O my soul? These inscriptions are part of the inspired record; they belong with the psalm and indicate something vital about it. So he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. (Ps 42:5,11). Praise is the greatest medicine for a broken heart. And they will devour and trample on the sling stones; And they will drink and be boisterous as with wine; And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin, Drenched like the corners of the altar. Job 30:26 "When I expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, then darkness came. But still "hope in God," for there is no care or restless disquietude for which the Lord is not your remedy. Psalm 46:6-note The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. Praise has a way of dispelling the darkness. Joys lie in ambush. But don't wait! He has led me to uplifting victories in times past. Again and again I would say, "Hope in God! I think of Elijah, who had that difficult experience on Mount Carmel when he battled the prophets of Baal and God sent fire from heaven. And so HOPE is not hype but is a very real and ever present invitation to look ahead eagerly and with confident expectation that the best is yet to come. O my God, my soul has been troubled (tarasso - shaken or stirred up, troubled, agitated, distressed, acute mental/spiritual agitation) within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the little hill. Thus, hope in God springing out of the suitability, sweetness, truth, and preciousness of the invitations, as they flow with power into the conscience, supports the soul under the waves of doubt and despondency, although it may feel the foam often dash over its poor desponding head, and even fear that it may prove a castaway. 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