Why are you so sad?

“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

Why are you sad? 

Sometimes we know why we’re sad, and sometimes we don’t. Not knowing is almost worse, because feelings of helplessness well up within. We wonder,

“How will I pull myself out of this? What steps do I need to take to find joy?”

I find great comfort in the book of Psalms. It’s filled with questions, doubts, despair, depression, anxiety, and so many of the feelings we often deal with. It’s also filled with HOPE!

For all our sadness, Psalm 42:11 gives the answer. . .

“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.”


Hope in God. 

Praise Him despite how you feel. 

Refocus your attention from your sadness and place it firmly on the promises of God found in His Word. God’s truth has the power to set you free, and fullness of joy is found in His presence, hallelujah! It may take practice to refocus, and time to get your feelings in line with God’s Word. But take heart dear friend. Press on by faith. Declare with the Psalmist,

I will place my hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God! 

Hope be with you!

Leila Grandemange

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