Psalms 42:3-5 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?…I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
Seeing God is the starting point to dealing with tough times. The Psalmist was going through a tough time to the extent that he said that “his tears had been his meat day and night”. What he was saying was that he was so downcast as a result of the situation that he had no appetite for food: tears were literally his food night and day. His difficulties did not only cause him to be depressed, it also resulted in those around him questioning his relationship with God by asking him “where is thy God”. The Psalmist did not have to only deal with the emotional trauma that is associated with tough situations, he also had to contend with the ridicule of others. How should we respond to situations like these? The Bible gives the answer.
There were three (3) steps that the Psalmist took to overcome his difficult circumstance. The first step that he took was to see God by positioning himself in God’s presence. He said in Psalms 42:4 that “I went with them to the house of God.” Going to the house of God is symbolic of positioning himself in God’s presence to see and experience Him.
The second step that the Psalmist took was to hope in God. After the Psalmist saw God, his perspective completely changed and so he started to speak differently and said to himself “why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God.” Hope arose when the Psalmist saw God and it was then that he realized that there was no need for him to be depressed anymore as God would do it for Him.
The third step that the Psalmist took was to praise God for what he expected him to do. The Psalmists said “I will yet praise him for the help of his countenance”.
After he saw God and hope arose, he expected God to deliver and so he committed to praise God for the help he would provide. If we apply the 3 steps taken by the Psalmist, God will bring us through.
Life Application: Overcome tough times by positioning yourself in God’s presence to see Him; put your hope in Him and praise God in advance for what you know He will do.
Prayer: Lord, draw me close to you and May I remain in your presence even through the toughest times of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.