Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?

Reflections by Annette Roux, Retired Pastoral Associate

Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." - Psalm 42


Today I feel like I'm a planner with no plan, a peacemaker in the crosshairs of a conflict, a fixer with only square tools and round holes.  It’s hard to remember the Scripture I read this morning …"Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise God."  The psalmist knew tears and thirst and enemies and taunting, but on that day he chose to write a song of trust that we still read thousands of years later.  On that day – a bad day, a frustrating day, a day of disappointment and discouragement – the psalmist declared defiantly, "I will yet praise God," even before anything changed.  I will try do that too.  I don't have many answers at the moment, but I have God.  I know there will be many days to follow with multiple reasons for thanks and praise.  God is still Savior, and God is still God.  God is enough.


Prayer: Even on days when frustrations are easier to count than blessings, dear Lord, point my heart to what's real and what's eternal.  Help me find my peace in your goodness, through Jesus Christ,  Amen.