Why So Cast Down Oh My Soul?

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

Memory Verse: “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1

Many times in life we wake up on what we call the right side of the bed, full of motivation, upbeat and ready to buzz through tasks laid on our hearts but as the day naturally progresses, the world and everything in it either demotivates us or naturally drains the excitement bringing us to a point where the whole excitement fades, a stage where we don’t see a reason to do anything at all. At this point our reasoning questions if there’s any purpose in chasing those tasks and if we are unable to justify chasing them, we find ourselves simply brushing it aside, eventually not getting done.

Often when we are at this stage, life itself can seem meaningless with endless questions. “Lord why me?” But even unbelievers have a more comfortable life? I have been waiting for so many years and still nothing why? The list of “why’s” is inexhaustive and we are in between complaining, questioning God and moaning endlessly.

The words were initially said in Psalm 42:11 then repeated in Psalm 43:5 and we clearly see that the Psalmist was at a phase in his life where he didn’t know what else to do then he started a conversation with his soul. He was questioning his soul and pleading with his soul to hope in God and yet that even in the midst of all his current troubles, he kept assuring his soul that this was temporary and he will soon be in a position of praising God his savior.

The reality of life is not like technology, most suppliers now promise same day or 24 hours’ delivery and anything short of that is almost not acceptable in the current world we live in today. As Christians, we enjoy these benefits too and are now tempted to measure God’s reliability and loving kindness by the speed with which He grants our request but this is the first step to depressing ourselves.

Hope has no schedule and God does not change His ways simply because the world is changing. Heaven and earth are on completely different timings and all of our advancement in the past 1000 years is just one day to God, II Peter 3:8, We are therefore called to hope. 

We are emotional human beings driven by the current circumstances surrounding us and Jesus was the same while He was here on earth. Jesus was in a position of agony when He prayed in the garden at Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-44 and it’s ok to be human but like Jesus, we as Christians are to live by the word of God and His promises. 

Gods blessings are numerous and accessible by us and we see things happening in the world at different times to children of God but while we cannot explain why God does the thing He does, He alone is our refuge and place of safety when life becomes unfavorable. Even in the midst of various trials, we are to continue encouraging ourselves in the Lord knowing that our season of testimony will come.


  • Father I thank you for another day full of unlimited blessings
  • Thank you for keeping me safe and sound and for the breakthroughs I have experienced
  • I believe in you Lord for more open doors and I will always trust you in all seasons.
  • Forgive my sins o Lord and remember my iniquities no more
  • Have mercy on me O Lord and receive my sacrifice of praise, IJMN, AMEN.

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