Why, My Soul?
Date: April 21, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study and savor the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse - Psalm 43:5 (NIV) - "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."
L - Listen for God's Word and pray - Lord, help us to listen to Your voice and find comfort and strength in Your Word. May You fill us with hope and remind us of Your unfailing love.
E - Explore the History and meaning - This psalm was likely written by David, who was experiencing distress and turmoil in his life. In this verse, David admits his inner turmoil and questions himself, asking why he is downcast and disturbed. He then encourages himself to put his hope in God and praise Him, even though his situation may seem bleak. This verse reminds us that it is normal to feel downcast at times, but we can turn to God for hope and comfort.
S - Study and savor the Key Words or Phrases -
"Why, my soul, are you downcast?" - David is asking himself why he is feeling downcast.
"Put your hope in God" - David encourages himself to place his hope in God instead of his circumstances.
"I will yet praise him" - Despite his struggles, David declares his intention to praise God.
"my Savior and my God" - David acknowledges that God is his Savior and God.
S - Summarize and Share:
David was struggling with a downcast soul and a disturbed spirit. He asks himself why he feels this way and then reminds himself to put his hope in God, who is his Savior and his God. This verse is a powerful reminder that we all face difficult times in life, and sometimes our souls can become downcast and disturbed. But like David, we can turn to God and find hope and peace in Him. When we trust in God, we can be assured that He is with us through every trial and difficulty, and that He will be our strength and our salvation.
This verse reminds me of a time when I was going through a difficult time in my life. I felt like everything was going wrong, and I didn't know how to find hope or peace. But as I read this verse, I was reminded that I can put my hope in God, and that He is my Savior and my God. I began to pray and seek God's presence, and as I did, I felt my soul becoming lighter and my spirit becoming more peaceful. God gave me the strength to face my struggles, and I knew that He was with me every step of the way.
Never forget to put your hope in God, no matter what you’re facing. Seek His presence and His peace, knowing that He is with us always. And let's praise Him, like David, for being our Savior and our God.
Bible Cross References –
Psalm 62:5 "Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him."
Psalm 62:8 "Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."