Grief, sorrow, sadness is a necessary part of this life. We mourn the loss of loved ones, we are saddened by the cruelties of this world, we cry over missed opportunities, broken relationships, children in trouble. We weep for a season.
But in our sadness, our mourning, we must guard against despair, hopelessness. While in our times of sadness, despair and depression stands at the door and knocks. The psalmist experienced this. Perhaps, he even opened the door and allowed despair to enter.
If you find despair and his evil twin hopelessness knocking at your door, (or even if you have allowed them entrance) take heed of the Psalmist’s advice: HOPE in God, REMEMBER previous victories in God, and WORSHIP. This is how we evict despair from our soul.
Grief and sorrow are God given emotions. Despair and depression are the enemy’s counterfeit. Guard your soul against the latter.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence. O my God, my soul is in despair within me; Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. (Psalms 42:5-6 NASB)