Why are you cast down my soul, and why are you in turmoil? Hope in God; for I shall praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:5

In life we have learned that change comes uninvited bringing with it every kind of heartache imaginable. I’m sure we all can relate to that unexpected and hurtful news that ushered in despair into our lives; shattering dreams, converting faith into fear, and bringing on hope’s abrupt departure. This is sadly not uncommon as we make our way in a world that resides in turmoil.

The Psalmist, David, wrote about his soul being down cast several times in Scripture. We probably all  have  experienced depression, loneliness, and hopelessness to some degree or another in our lives. I remember in my past abusive marriage, that believing in hope could bring as much sorrow to my heart as the wounds that already existed there. So, I steered clear of believing things could change; which inadvertently put me into a deeper depression.

The answer is not running from hope, but embracing Christ and all that he has to offer you in these times of upheaval.  It sounds challenging to do, especially when life unravels before your eyes and everything seem out of control, however, it is the only thing that will sustain you and keep you from slipping further into hopelessness.

In another poem of David’s, found in Psalm 43, he again pleads to God for help, for he is mourning all day long because of his oppression. When David prays to God to send forth his Light to lead him and his Truth to guide him, hope is awakened in his soul, and David is then ushered out of his misery and into peace.

Being in the presence of God honestly and wholly, with unedited prayers, is the example David gave to us. These prayers of David are in God’s Word, given to and read by the church, so it is permissible to pray as David did. We sometimes may hold back our anxious or resentful emotions afraid that God may get angry with us. David did not withhold his feelings of fear or hopelessness and the Holy Spirit still came to minister to his soul as you can see at the end of Psalm 43. This is where David found solace; when he spent time in communion with God.

Is your soul downcast, like David’s? Then cry out to the Lord and know he will not forsake you, even though you may feel everything is falling a part. He will meet you where you are with his tender mercy and compassion and comfort your heart with his peace, as he did David’s.

If you are going through trials I would encourage you to write your own unedited psalm to God. Tell him what is on your heart… all your fears, angry, and even concerns about unanswered prayers… without worrying about how he may react. God can handle your emotions.

If all is going well in your life right now, then write a praise psalm to your Heavenly Father, who blesses us with good things.

Afterwards allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and receive the hope that he is offering; because God always offers hope. David fully relied on God to him help in times of trouble as he surrendered his brokenness. I pray hope will not depart from your sou,l but that it will  be awakened within you, instead.

Posted by , March 1, 2018 6 comments


  1. This is really interesting and it’s good too! I actually just wrote a series on Hope for mom, to be posted in a couple of weeks. I love that – He will meet you where you are

    Comment by Rose Barnett (@mRoseBarnett) on March 2, 2018 at 1:36 am

  2. Yes, Rose, he always does meet us where we are, providing the grace and mercy we so desperatley need. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. God bless you and your writing!

    Comment by Maggie Simmons on March 6, 2018 at 9:06 pm

  3. “David did not withhold his feelings of fear or hopelessness and the Holy Spirit still came to minister to his soul…” I think Christians are harder on each other than God is, in that God allows us to be honest and raw so that we can heal and not just pretend everything is okay.

    Comment by Susan Evans on March 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm

  4. That’s very true, Susan, our mercy is definitely lacking comapared to Christ’s. Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read my blog. God bless you in your writing!

    Comment by Maggie Simmons on March 6, 2018 at 9:01 pm

  5. I remember going through a time in my life when I was hopeless and really angry with God. I would pray very angry, sometimes profanity filled prayers. At the time, I thought these were showing God how mad I was and pushing him away. In retrospect, I can actually see how God used that time and those prayers to show me that he’s bigger than my anger or my circumstances. He wasn’t going anywhere, no matter how hopeless, angry, or even rude my prayers were. Even if we think our prayers are not very “nice” they can still be a tool God uses to display his glory and draw us to himself.

    Comment by Ashleigh Rich on March 5, 2018 at 9:18 pm

  6. Thank you for sharing your experience, Ashleigh. I agree with you completley, I have been there too and knowing God still holds us close during those times with his compassion and mercy does draws us to him. God bless you in your life and your writing!

    Comment by Maggie Simmons on March 6, 2018 at 8:58 pm

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