2021 June 16
CAST DOWN? WHY?
“O my God, my soul is cast down within me.” — Psa_42:6.
THE LAMENT of the soul, its cause! Many have been brought to this condition—Jacob said “all these things are against me”; Job complained that God had refused to listen to his prayer, and had fenced up his way; Elijah prayed that he might die; John the Baptist had his doubts; even our Lord Himself cried: “My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
It may arise from physical weakness. Our nature is like a finely-attuned harp, and may easily become tangled and discordant. When we are in good health, and the zest of living is strong within us, the soul sings songs without words, and the heart suns itself in the consciously-realized love of God; but when the lamp of life burns low—the joy of the Lord, the sense of His Love are apt to decline.
It may arise from temperament. Some seem born in the dark, and carry through life a predisposition to melancholy. Their nature is set to a minor key. They gaze on the lowering clouds, rather than on the patches of blue. Thomas had such a temperament, yet our Lord called him to be an apostle! Rightness of heart generally shows itself in gladness of heart; but there are those who mourn in Zion, and are more prone to tears than smiles! The valley of shadow is part of the highway to the Holy City; and the souls that are called to tread it may yet find the valley of Baca to be a place of springs.
Now as to the Cure
Now as to the cure. Make much of your standing in Christ! Our feelings are as fickle as April sunshine. But our standing in Jesus is unalterable. John Bunyan used to say that he had two sorts of money. That which was deposited in the bank, and that which he had in his pocket. The former was, on the whole, permanent, while the other was always changing. Thus he said it was between him and the Saviour. His feelings, like the loose coins in his pocket, were always changing, but his capital was lodged safely in the strong keeping of Christ.
Cease introspection and live in the progress of Christ through the world. He is ever going forth to new conquests, and we must not stand as loiterers, feeling our pulse. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Canst thou not take thy place in His ever victorious army! Miss Feeblemind, and Mr. Ready-to-halt, in the care of Great-heart, will go over the River singing!
Gracious God, give me to behold the rainbow of Hope on the dark storm-clouds that brood over my life: may I rest confidently on that Covenant, ordered in all things and sure, which was sealed by the precious Blood of Christ. AMEN.
Be Not Cast Down
Be Not Cast Down
Be not Cast Down_ _ _
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why do you moan within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the salvation of my countenance, and my God.
(Psa 42:11 AFV)
At times, as Believers; we feel as if we are alone. We may feel lonely, but are never alone! Our Lord reminds us; He shall never leave us nor forsake us> He is with us always. yes; even until the end of the age! Our lord was also at times lonely; yet He knew His Heavenly Father was with Him. Remind our selves when our Lord had been tempted, tried and tested. the Angels came and ministered to Him. Even when Elijah the Prophet, was threatened through and by Jezebel, he felt his weakest. He recently had been given a great victory over the baal prophets and on the mountain.
Even Moses, whom the Lord raised up to deliver and lead Yisrael (Israel) out, from under Pharoah’s and Egypt’s tyrrany! When Israel had been in Egypt, under her rule for 400 years, they received blesssing, provision and tribulation; after Joseph’s passing on. A new Pharoah who never knew of Joseph and how the Lord provided for and blessed them, came to power. During this time Moses was born>
Cry to the Lord
When the Lord called Moses to liberate His People Israel, they suffered much hardship. They cried out to the Lord for deliverance. Yet it never seemed to come. Yet at the right time, in due course they would receive their freedom The Lord brought Moses to intercede, intervene, mediate and deliver them. He stood in the gap for both Israel and Egypt, Time was now ready for Yisrael to come to maturity, yet they gave Moses and Aaron opposition. The Lord being true to His Promises and His Word, raised Moses and Aaron up to lead them out from bondage.
The Lord always hears our cry! He answers our prayers and supplications. He is able to do far more abundantly above that which we may ask think or even imagine (Eph 3:20-21). Is there anything too difficult or had for the God of all flesh? He heard the cry of Abraham and Sarah, when all seemed impossible, for them to have children. They believed and trusted Him who promised, even though things seemed impossible. Their faith and trust was accounted to them as righteousness (Rom 4:9, 22; Gen 15:6).
Even David had at times felt lonely and alone. He knew the task for which the Lord raised him up. He suffered much rejection, but remained trusting, believing the Lord would deliver, fulfilling the promises which were given Him, by and through the Lord, his God! Through these few examples, we are able to determine, our Lord’s faithfulness toward us, toward all whom; willingly trust Him and call upon His Name. Call upon the Name of our Lord, and He shall show us many things which we do not know of (Jer 33:3, Jer 29:11- 14). As He delivered David, Israel, Abraham, Lot, Moses and Noah; He is surely able to deliver us.
After all our Lord promises us that He shall never leave us , neither shall He forsake us nor cast us away! When we diligently call upon His Name, He is sure to hear! He is Faithful and True! He is not a man that He would lie, neither a son of man who needs to repent> He honours His Word above His Name! He surely, even now knows how to deliver His own (2 Pet 2:9-11) –
The Lord Knows
The Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unrighteous to the day of judgment to be punished; But particularly those who walk after the flesh in corrupting lust, and hold in utter contempt the lordship of God. They are audacious and self-willed. They are not afraid to blaspheme the divine powers Whereas angels, who are greater in strength and power, do not bring a railing condemnation against them before the Lord.
(2Pe 2:9-11 AFV).
Lord, we thank You for Your Faithfulness in times of trouble! Father that You hear our cry, when we cry out to you! Thank You for always hearing our cry, answering our prayers and supplications. Thank You that You never leave us alone, or even to ourselves. For You o Lord are quick to deliver. Your Word is True and Faithful! As we humble ourselves before you, we cry out for mercy, Grace and Forgiveness. Lord thank You for Your Love, which surpasses all human understanding.
Thank You for your Word, Your Promises ever being yes and Amen in Christ Jesus Messiah.Your Word is True! Your Promise sure. We are not able to thank You enough! You always answer our prayer. You never cast us away nor forsake us when we pray. Thank You Lord for delivering us> You carry us when we are weak! You strengthen us! You even renew our youth like that of an eagle. Keep us close to your side. We shall never let go of Your Hand! Here we are, Lord be merciful and strengthen us. Our flesh may be weak, But our spirit is willing.
Go before us. Prepare a way for us, when or where there does not seem to be a way. Deliver us from the fowler’s snare and from our foe. Keep us hidden in Your Presence, in Your Pavilion. Daily direct our steps, in the way we should go. For Father we delight in You! You o Lord are our Portion! You meet all our need! Your Word is a Lamp to my feet, and a light to our path> Deliver us from our foes. Watch over and protect us from the wiles of our enemy. For Lord You take pleasure in the prosperity of Your people.