Friday: Psalm 42-43; Numbers 11.16-30; Hebrews 1.5-14

From: Rachael Bailes

Where do we turn when we can’t muster a word of praise to the Lord? What do we do when we are gripped with anxiety or depression or fear or grief?

The Psalmist says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” This question is answered twice with, "Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God." Oh, what a startling reminder this is for us to hear! When we are at our lowest, when we have unanswered questions, when we are in pain and don’t have it in us to offer up praise – we can say these words: “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

The theme of hope is carried through Psalm 42. In our suffering, when we don’t have the words, we can bring our burdens before the one true living God. He has asked us to cast our anxieties on Him because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5.7) We must remember that he is our salvation, and we can hope in the day when we will praise him again – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I live in Brighton with my husband Jonathan and our three little people.