Why so downcast O my Soul? Put your hope in God. David’s Rx for the downcast soul.

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Consider David’s prayer, have you ever felt like this?
(taken from Psalms 42,43,142,143)

My spirit is overwhelmed within me,
My heart within me is distressed.
My spirit fails!
O my God, my soul is cast down within me;

 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in darkness,
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me..
 I will say to God my Rock,
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
Why do You cast me off?
 Do not hide Your face from me
 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
 Look on my right hand and see
Attend to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than I.
 Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your name;

(This also sounds like a prophecy of Jesus- “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground”- and that was after an angel has appeared from heaven to strengthened Him- Luke 22)

As King Solomon said :
 To everything there is a season:

A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away

Finding Comfort in your storm:
D
avid’s RX   (from Psalm 42-43,142-143)

  1. Remember the Lord: He is your strength. He is your help. He is faithful and righteous
  2. Meditate on all His works and His words
  3. Muse on all the Works of His hands
  4. Praise Him, enter His gates with thanksgiving.
  5. Cry out to Him
  6. Declare His Good works
  7. Pour out your heart to Him
  8. Lift up your hands
  9. Take Shelter in Him

       we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places Ephesians 6:12

We walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh  
                   The bible tells us that our battles are spiritual. Sometimes we think it’s a certain person trying to bother us or a situation that seems beyond hope. Nothing in your life is beyond hope. You are special in the eyes of the Lord. You matter greatly to Him. You have been placed here by the almighty God and He delights in you. Anything that goes against these thoughts is not from the Lord God, your Father.  In the spiritual world, if you could see it, you would see a demonic force trying to blow your light out.(Matthew 13- Parable of the Seeds explains this in more detail) It’s true. The Lord showed me how the devil puts wrong thoughts and words in our minds. They fly in exactly like an arrow- right into your mind, your thoughts. We either reject the incoming abominations or let it sit and roll it around in our mind until it eventually falls into our heart and flows out into our life.(Proverbs 4:23)

    Wrong thoughts? You don’t have to stew over wrong thoughts and wonder why you thought certain things. It’s most likely an enemy invasion. Bring all your thoughts captive to Christ. I imagine a great big treasure chest and I tell Jesus –I can’t handle all this. I mentally put all my thoughts and problems in the box, lock it and bring it captive to Jesus. I trust He takes care of everything for me and I find peace with that.

   “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled “ 2 cor 10:5

For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in darkness,
Like those who have long been dead.
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is distressed

King David had down days too. Wow, a man after God’s own heart had his own dark spiritual battles. We are not alone, reach out to the Lord and ask others to pray for you.

 David’s Prayer:

David tells the Lord;
1-How he feels, he pours out his heart and his complaint before him
2-How he remembers and recalls that God is able to save him
3-David tells the Lord that he hopes in Him and that the Lord is his help
4- David praises Him -He is altogether praiseworthy. Proclaims His praises even in the midst of His storm
5- Enter His gates with thanksgiving: He is trustworthy and all loving. David thanks the Lord for His great Works, answering him and helping him in the past. He remembers how God has helped him before.
6- David pleads:  Please hear me, O Lord. Do not turn away. Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you,  and lead me along the path of everlasting life-Psalm 139
7- He remembers as he speaks and Prays God’s Promises in prayer: “The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me”
8- David asks the Lord : Teach me to do your will

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.
 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
 I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah
 Answer me speedily, O Lord;
My spirit fails!
Do not hide Your face from me,
Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.
 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;
In You I take shelter.
 Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.
 Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!
For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
In Your mercy cut off my enemies,
And destroy all those who afflict my soul;
For I am Your servant(psalm 143)
I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
 I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
 Look on my right hand and see,
For there is no one who acknowledges me;
Refuge has failed me;
No one cares for my soul.
 I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
 Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.
 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me (Ps 142)
In Your faithfulness answer me,
And in Your righteousness.
 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no one living is righteous

(But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness)1 John 1:9

Cry out to God; yes, I shout.
    Oh, that God would listen to me!
 When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven,
    but my soul was not comforted.
 I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help Ps 77
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6th88jGHBiw&feature=player_detailpage

Hear the Word of the Lord:

 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.Proverbs 12:25

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothingJames 1:2-8

When I went through a trying time in my life, I held on to this verse in Romans: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-4

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed Ps 34:17-18 Duet 31:8

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 3:3 Ps 40:1-3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Cor 1:4

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God Ps 42:5

Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you Is 50;4

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,And their righteousness is from Me,”Says the Lord.Is 54:17

“I, even I, am He who comforts you.Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, And of the son of a man who will be made like grass? Is 51:12 (This is a special verse to me. When I cried out in distress to the Lord- out of the heavens I could see this verse coming down to me – closer and closer until I was able to read it. Amen! God is good and He hears us.)

Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” 1 Peter 5:6 Duet 31:8

This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life Psalm 119:50

 And in that day you will say: “O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted  Isaiah 49:13 Isaiah 12:1

 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.  For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5  Romans 15:4 Matthew 5:4 

There is no one like the God of Jeshurun (Israel), Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds.  The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’ Deut. 33:26-27

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Ps 27:14 Ps 9:9

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all Ps 34:17-19

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: Is 26:3-4 Psalm 147:3 Ps 55:22

 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.Isaiah 40:31,

 Everything is possible for him who believes.Mark 9:23

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. James 4:10, 1 Peter 4:12, 5:7, 2 Peter 2:9

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame. You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you. Ps 25:3-5, Ps 33:22 James 4:8

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.  

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.Therefore comfort one another with these words.Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak .Comfort each other and edify one another.1 Thessalonians 5:14. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Romans 15-16   John 14:27

David’s RX:  RMM-PC. with DPLT
Remember the Lord: He is your strength. He is your help. He is faithful and righteous
Meditate on all His works and His words
Muse on all the Works of His hands
Praise Him, enter His gates with thanksgiving.
Cry out to Him
Declare His Good works
Pour out your heart to Him
Lift up your hands
Take Shelter in Him

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14 thoughts on “Why so downcast O my Soul? Put your hope in God. David’s Rx for the downcast soul.

  1. Hey Lisa,
    Thank you for the ‘pingback’ and for the great site. Thank you for waiting on God through His Word and sharing the revelations He has given you. God bless you, cowgirl up and keep the brands hot!

  2. Great message, Lisa, and wonderful scripture reminders that we need only to cast our cares on the Lord for he alone has the plan and purpose for our lives. We have to remember that as the days grow darker and evil increases. We always have hope through Christ. Nothing can stop his power.

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  14. Great post 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Just one minor comment… the “fear not” verse is from Isaiah 54:4….just in case anyone else was puzzling.
    Lots to chew on 🙂

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