Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Are you downcast over the society we find ourselves in? Are you worried about the future? You’re not alone. Many find themselves in this position. It’s what you do about it that counts.
The writers of this Psalm felt the same way. So much so, that they asked this question twice in this small passage. You’ll find they ask this in both verse 5 and verse 11.
I also noticed something else in this section of Scripture. Twice, in verse 3 and verse 10, the world asks a question of us.
My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
This seems to be the cause of their downcast soul. I believe that it’s affecting the church today as well. We’re so worried about looking foolish in the eyes of the world.
As they taunt us – “Where is your God?”, we slip back into the shadows so that we won’t be hurt by their actions. That’s when we find ourselves depressed and confused over the spiritual condition of our nation.
I believe that this Psalm holds the answer to the problem. The second half of verses 5 and 11 says…
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Put your hope, your expectation, in what God promises His people. In that way you’ll have a better attitude over the situation we’re in.
But sometimes that’s easier said than done. How do we put our hope in God in the midst of the taunts of the world?
There’s more to this Psalm. The solution is simple, yet we have a hard time with it.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
This is the key to a victorious attitude in an ungodly culture. We hear what the world is telling us – the taunts and ridicule. It depresses and disturbs us. But there’s another response that it should summon up in us.
The state of our society should drive us to our knees. It should push us into the presence of the living God. We need to let the condition of the world light a fire for Christ in our hearts. Only then will we place our expectation in what the Lord is about to do.
It’s time for God’s people to wake up from their slumber and affect our culture with the Word of God. That will only happen as we spend quality time in the Lord’s presence.
Question: How are you affected by the society you live in?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014