Why are you cast down, O my soul…? (Psalm 42:5, 11).
This psalmist recognizes:
- the dryness of his soul
- his depression
- the taunts of his enemies
- the ‘good ol’ days’
He not only questions his soul, but he admits to himself and to God, “My soul is cast down within me.” But each time he has this conversation with himself, he reminds himself of the same conclusion—“God is worthy of praise and I can put my hope in Him!”
We have to stop listening to crippling self-pity and begin talking to ourselves about our well-placed confidence in God. He is worthy of our praise! He will satisfy me like nothing else can. He is the only One in whom I can put my hope.
As Augustine reminded himself, “Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.”
A mark of a godly leader is one who has honest conversations with himself.
Don’t listen to your downcast thoughts; talk back to your downcast thoughts and tell yourself the only place where real hope can be found.
This is part 23 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out all of my posts on this topic by clicking here.