Dear Sisters and Brothers,

When I encounter hopelessness and depression I have to do something more than engage in fight or flight.  Psalm 143 shows me a better way.  There I see the  Psalmist David is desperate.  He cries out, “O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.”(verse 1)  Like David, I must admit I sometimes feel like declaring, “my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed” (verse 4).

As I continue to meditate on Psalm 143 I see that not only does David identify with my needs but he also shares some very practical steps to live victoriously when it seems that the world is falling apart.  He says, “I remember the days of long ago” (verse 5).  There I see that the first step for victoriously living, David says, is recalling the situations God brought me through in the past when the situation seemed hopeless. (Example, 1 Sam.30:1-20)

The second thing David does is to meditate not only on the promise of God’s Word but also upon the wonders of His works.  This includes not only God’s miraculous intervention in times of hopelessness but also the works and wonders of His creation.  But the wonders of God’s works go far beyond creation.  As John 3:16 says,…

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