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Psalm 42:5,11: I Will Yet Praise Him
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:15

 

"Why are you down, my heart? Why do you build restlessness inside me? Hope in God! Because I will yet praise Him whose help is in His smile!" (Psalm 42:5,11; 43:5).

 

This is the oddest thing. The psalmist created a repeating refrain out of a conversation he had with himself. Yes, I have repeating refrains in my inner conversation, but in the past my most frequent repeaters have not been of praise to God. I'm learning to use the Psalms to adopt mottos or mantras with which to change my inner dialogue.

 

Here the refrain shows up the first time after the psalmist's poignant description of his longing for God. Yes, I've been discouraged and cried many tears over not seeming to find this God that I crave.  So sing it: "Hope in God! Because I will yet praise Him whose help is in His smile!"

 

Next, the refrain appears after a confession of depression over the apparent fact that all the psalmist gets for his search for God are the waves and storms of God overwhelming his life. Yes, I've been depressed in the midst of overwhelming trouble in my search to know God. So sing it again: "Hope in God! Because I will yet praise Him whose help is in His smile!"

 

Finally, the refrain caps off the song. The psalmist wants deliverance from enemies, but his deepest cry is to understand why God seems at a distance from him. The clearest sign that the refrain is working is that he now can picture himself in joyful worship at the altar of God. So sing it again and again: "Hope in God! Because I will yet praise Him whose help is in His smile!"

 

The joy of my life is always in God's smile. When God seems distant and unreachable, my soul feels darkness. This psalm would teach me that I must sing the refrain of praise while still feeling at a distance from Him. I can let the refrain of praise fill me with pictures of joyful worship. And that is all. That is enough.

 

So sing it again with me, "Hope in God! Because I will yet praise Him whose help is in His smile!"

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:50
 
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