“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
By David Wilkerson
There is only one way to cheer up your heart and stay in gladness. “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God . . . My tears have been my food day and night . . . I pour out my soul within me . . . Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance” (Psalm 42:2-5). This is God’s message to all who are “cast down”—all those who are sad, defeated, low, blue, discouraged and joyless.
Why am I depressed? Why am I gloomy and sad? Why am I overwhelmed? Why do I mourn? David does not even try to answer these questions in this psalm. All he can say is, “Hope in God! He is the help of my countenance.”
To those who patiently, expectantly wait on God, “the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me” (42:8).
God has given clear warning that it is a most serious matter to Him when we do not serve Him with gladness. In Deuteronomy 28, we learn of all the curses and diseases that overtake the unbelieving: “All these curses shall come upon you . . . Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you” (28:45-47).
God says, “You have focused on some little hurt, some wrongful thing, and in doing so you have forgotten all the blessings and wonderful things I have done for you!”
Christ will turn your hopelessness into rejoicing and clothe you with gladness—if you will release your faith to Him. “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (Psalm 30:11). Saints, rejoice in the God of hope—and live!