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 42:5 / 42:11 / 43:5
Sometimes we know what we feel and why we feel it and what we’re going to do about it.
Sometimes we know what we feel and why we feel it.
Sometimes we know what we feel.
Sometimes we don’t even know that.
As the sons of Korah wrote this psalm they could relate to this conundrum; not entirely sure what word to put the emotion that they were feeling except for downcast, and not certain as to why they were even feeling it. The intriguing thing about the repeated course that they write in Psalm 42:5, 42:11 and 43:5 is that even thought they didn’t quite know the emotion or it’s cause they determined their response - “I will YET praise Him.” They determined that their worship wouldn’t just be “BECAUSE praise” that awaits the shifting of circumstance of feelings and is then understood and responded to, but it would be a “YET praise” that says, “no matter I feel and no matter why I feel it, I am going to worship.”
Next time we find ourselves in the same type of emotional uncertainty, let’s get this chorus stuck in our head and YET praise.