O soul, why are you so downcast? Put your hope in the Lord.

“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 42:11, NIV

“Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
    Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
    soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
    He’s my God.” ~ Psalm 42:11, MSG

Why Are You Downcast, O My Soul?

Lord, many are the afflictions of the righteous, but You have promised to deliver us out of them all. And I know You will because I know You are faithful.

So why am I so downcast? Why am I disturbed within with restless thoughts that lead me down a darkened path of doubt and fear and frustration?

You are the God of the Universe yet You know my name. You are for me and not against me. You know my every anxious thought and bring them under Your authority as I yield to Your Lordship.

These things I know, and yet I find myself downcast and disturbed within.

Lord, open my eyes to see You! I place my hope in You and You alone. You have never failed me and I know You never will.

You are as sure as the sunrise — on You I can depend to carry me through this valley deep.

Take me up to the mountaintop where I may bask in the brilliance of Your glory. When my eyes are fixed on You, my heart is filled with peace.

You put a smile on my lips, not because my difficult circumstances have changed, but because I know I can trust You to work everything together for my good — everything. Especially those things that disturb me within and cause my soul to be downcast.

When I Am Downcast, I Will Put My Hope in Jesus

My eyes are on You, Lord. Fill me to overflowing with the awareness that You are with me. In Your presence is joy unspeakable. Your presence is just what a saddened heart needs. Thank You, Lord.

In Jesus’s Name I pray,

Amen — let it be so


Please don’t carry your burdens alone. I would be honored to pray for you. You may contact me directly at nan@nanjones.com


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Sweet blessings to you,