Out of the Pit
Loving, leading Lord, I turn to You this day for the light and truth I need to follow You.
Read Psalm 43:1-5
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
It’s said that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The question is where or to whom do they go.
Deep discouragement, fear and anxiety are no strangers to many of us, and they can lead to deep depression. That may well have been the case with the writer of this psalm. We don’t know what situation caused his soul to be so “downcast” but he is clearly in emotional and spiritual distress.
This psalm and the previous one (42) share a common theme: longing for God and an affirmation of hope in God in the midst of trouble. This psalm begins with a plea for deliverance and vindication from the “deceitful and wicked” (1). In the midst of his trouble, the psalmist feels estranged from and rejected by God; God seems far off and that is painful (2). How does one cope with such feeling of abandonment and hopelessness? The psalmist calls to God to rescue him, to “send forth your light and truth” (3) as God’s agents and messengers to guide and lead him to a place of safety and peace (both physical and spiritual). God will lead him out of his depression (and, perhaps, confusion) into the light of God’s presence.
Such depression may afflict any of us at any time. We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can learn from the psalmist how to respond. At the center of his mind and heart is both a challenge he puts to himself and his answer. “Why are you downcast, O my soul?” “Don’t you remember God’s goodness and deliverance in the past? If so, ‘put your hope in God.’ I know that he who was faithful in the past will prove so once again. Then, I know I will once again praise him!”
If you or someone you know is feeling deeply depressed because of a difficult situation, bring your cry to God and resolve to remember his past care.
Lord, in the midst of trouble, may I turn to You to lead me safely through. I put my hope in You.
Click here to sign up to receive the EXTRAs via email each quarter.
© 2023 Scripture Union U.S.A. All rights reserved. Reproduction of the whole or any part of the contents without written permission is prohibited.
Encounter with God is published in the USA under license from Scripture Union England and Wales, Trinity House, Opal Court, Opal Drive, Fox Milne, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DF.