Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again – my Savior and my God!
It can be so easy to give up on God and get distracted by our circumstances. We can easily find ourselves discouraged because things are going as planned. We can get frustrated because our situation feels overwhelming or too big to handle. We've all been there, we've all wanted to give up or throw in the towel.
This psalm can serve as a great reminder not to let your feelings dictate your faith.
Just because we're stressed, discouraged, frustrated, or overloaded we have to remain faithful to Christ. Our trust and hope needs to remain in Him and not in our feelings. To keep our trust in Him means that we may need to let go of our plans, relinquish control, and consistently believe that God is in control and He's bigger than our circumstance. One of the best remedies for a discouraged faith would be to spend time praising God. Go onto iTunes, download some of your favorite worship songs, and start singing. Sing praises in your room, sing praises while doing the dishes, sing praises while walking to school, just continue to sing praises.
As we honor God our trust in him increases and our faith strengthens so that we can endure those tough seasons in life.