Scriptures for that Sinking Feeling
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The Psalmist asked himself three times in Psalms 42 and 43 why his soul was cast down and disquieted within himself.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. (KJV)
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (KJV)
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (KJV)
Notice also that in all three verses above, the Psalmist made three, identical, positive confessions just after asking, “Why are thou cast down O my soul, and why art thou disquited within me?” In other words, no matter how depressed I become, I take my stand in these three, positive confessions.
Three Positive Confessions
First, he confessed where his hope was and would continue to be in spite of that “sinking feeling.” In all three verses above, he boldly declared, “Hope in God!”
Second, he said that he “shall yet praise Him.” No matter how low he feels because of the inner fluctuation of chemicals and cycles and/or devastating external circumstances, he will keep on keeping on praising God.
Third, he said the exact same thing about God himself in two of the verses above. He said that God “who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” See Psalm 42: 11 and Psalm 43: 5.
In Psalm 42 5, however, he changed his description of God just a little. He simply said that he would continue praising God “for the help of his countenance.”
You will notice in this inner battle, He finally declared unto God that his soul was cast down within himself. He finally told God what He already knew. See verse 6 below.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. (KJV)
In other words, whether his sinking feeling was caused by inner fluctuations of our chemicals and cycles or from devastating outward circumstances, his remedy for these debilitating feelings of sinking in his soul will be met head-on in just one way!
He will set his mind on God
He will set his mind on God. He told God that, even when the inner depression rages at its worst, “therefore will I remember thee from where ever I am at the time!” I will remember God from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill of
No matter where I am when this sinking feeling comes over me, I will remember God.
Finally, the friend of Job was right when he told Job that after God lifts him back up that he could encourage others to look to God. See the following Scripture. (Is this why the Godly do sometimes suffer...to understand and help others who are suffering?)
29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. (KJV)
In other words, no matter how far down that sinking feeling takes you, “there is lifting up!” No matter how rejected you feel, “God shall save the humble person!” No matter how deep you fall into this sink hole, God will not allow you to be utterly cast down. He will do something about you and your sink hole.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. (KJV)
The Psalmist's immortal words
No wonder the Psalmist could finally write the immortal words below.
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. (KJV)
Yes! Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Now, here’s some more Scriptures for when you feel alone.
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