Devotional Thought for Today – 11/20/2020

Hope For The Downcast Soul (Psalm 42) | Park Church

AMP and RVR 1960

“Hope thou in God”

As always let us begin with some context: This is the first of the Psalms in the 2nd book of 5 books of Psalms.  Most scholars agree that originally Psalm 42 and Psalm 43  were one and when the Hebrew script was translated into Greek (Septuagint) about 200 B.C. they were separated. 

This Psalm can be broken down into two part, v.1-5 the deep desire for God and v.6-11 crying out to God with hope.  Today we will look at two verses 5 and 11 which are nearly identical:

v.5 Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.

The author is being rhetorical here speaking to himself, asking the question after making the proclamations of desiring God in verses 1-4, ‘Why is it I am so troubled and sad?’  He quickly answers himself with the one thing that can silence all despair, Hope in God!

v. 11 Why are you in despair, O my soul? Why have you become restless and disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, The [b]help of my countenance and my God.

Again in the closing verse the author repeats these words, reminding himself and us, that no matter the trouble or burden there is  nothing to big (or to small) that God cannot handle. We need only place our Hope in God.  

The psalmist closes each verse with the thought that for I shall again or yet praise Him,  meaning that even though times are rough and he may be questioning God, why am I going though this? His faith is secure in the knowledge that God is in control and he has hope in God. The questions today is Hope thou in God? 

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