Psalm 42:5, 8 NIV 2011
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed with in me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me…
The first Psalm in Book II of Psalms is a prayer after being oppressed by the enemy. Psalm 42:9b, “Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” Like David, the psalter could praise God because He was his hope. Psalm 27:13, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” God’s love and faithfulness are ever present. Psalm 57:3b, “God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.” God is praiseworthy. Psalm 16:7, “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me, even at night…” Hope is found in God alone.
Paul said it best in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” My hope was placed in Him at salvation. Daily He is faithful and just. I have no reason to fear or worry because He’s in control of my life. By choosing to praise Him it’s my way to worship. His song is with me because my hope is found in God alone.
How does praising God help us hope in Him?