When emotions press down on me - fear, anxiety, sadness, and frustration - how do I fight back? When I am weak, how can I possibly endure the grip of dark thoughts closing in, threatening to pin me like a Greco-Roman wrestler?
King David reminded his downcast soul to hope in God in Psalm 42, and he reminded his soul to bless God in Psalm 103. He instructed himself to praise when his negative feelings became too much. But these psalms were more than just written reminders; these were lyrics to songs that washed over the singer. In times of overwhelming trouble, we heal and we fight by resolutely singing praise to the God who made us.
Is your soul downcast today? Do you need to go against every negative emotion you feel and decide to praise God for his infinite love, mercy, kindness, and power? Here is a song that might help:
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!