Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


June 10, 2010

"Downer," "bummer," "got the blues..." Sometimes life gets us, doesn't it? The Psalmist uses the word "downcast," meaning the eyes are set upon the dirt, down.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
- Psalm 42:11 TNIV

"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for...God." Psalm 42 starts with these famous words. The Psalmist is thirsty, panting for God, because he's bummed, he's downcast. Life is not on a good roll for him. So what to do? Three times in the midst of the words of the 42nd Psalm, the refrain is sung, "Why, my soul are you downcast?" Three times!
If you are downcast today, keep praying, start praying, and sing the refrain. Downcast is not the last word. For you will yet praise your God!

Dale Patterson