Psalm 42:11 – Moving from Hurt to Hope

Today’s Reading: Job 28:1‐30:31, 2 Corinthians 2:12‐17, Psalm 42:1‐11, Proverbs 22:7

Psalm 42:11 – “Why are you cast down, O my soul,
 and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
 my salvation and my God.”

Context: David feels distant from God:  “The chapter starts with: As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”

Observations:

  • This same verse is repeated three times in two chapters: 42:5, 42:11, and 43:5.
  • My soul: Why – are you cast down / in turmoil within me?
  • Hope in God
    • For I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God

The solution to a soul in turmoil is the HOPE we find in God.

Apply: “Lord, where am I placing hope in things that are not of you?  Show me how to completely hope in You.

What have you done to help you hope in God and not in things of this world?

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2 thoughts on “Psalm 42:11 – Moving from Hurt to Hope

  1. Sam, I’ve found that turning to God in praise is a great way to restore peace and joy in the midst of turmoil. When going through a particularly difficult phase of life, I remember hanging on to Psalms 22, 42, and 62. Blessings!

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