Hopelessness, its flag has been flying at full mast for some time. Dancing to the tune of life’s merciless music. Like everyone I have been messaging many people to BE STRONG but with trembling hands and for few I was not strong enough to say to BE STRONG!
Last few nights after recovering from COVID, I was stuck with Psalms 42 and unable to move further. Every night I open up Bible and feel like reading Psalms 42, post reading the whole set up of meditation looks and sounds like some kind of group discussion within myself. First I thought, this feelings or illusion may be because I am missing office, long meetings, and discussions. This unusual thing prompted me to look deeper into Psalms 42 and do a little research on this.
What I found was quite interesting:
Richard Sibbes, one of the great old Puritan preachers of Cambridge who died in 1635, wrote a whole book (175 pages) on Psalm 42:5. He was called “the sweet dropper” because of how much confidence and joy his sermons caused. He called his book The Soul’s Conflict with Itself, because in Psalm 42 that is what we exactly have:
The soul arguing with itself, preaching to itself, lamenting, repenting, assuring and reassuring itself
Psalms 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God!”
When the world and this life throw hopelessness on our face, Let us come and sit quietly at His feet and be in awe of His presence and power
He’s in the room holding you and lamenting your agonizing situation. He is more present than he’s ever been. He stokes hope in you amidst your hopelessness.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow;
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And I can face uncertain days, because He lives.
God bless You All!
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