Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 13:1a & 6, where we read these words:
"How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? . . . I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me."
How could David's perspective change so dramatically, in the span of only five verses? Because, in v. 5, he re-asserts his faith in God. This dispelled his "sorrow," and his melancholy musings of heart.
All of us even in the church are prone to the sagging, drooping gravity of sad-ness and heaviness of soul. The answer to this syndrome is faith. Trusting in Jesus raises us up, even against the wind and force of opposition, into the heavenlies. Let us not give into despair today. Instead, we should refresh our faith in Christ.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Despair is often the ground of hope.” —Richard Sibbes, in, "The Soul's Conflict with Itself"]