Put Your Hope in God [Psalm 42:11 Devotional]

put your hope in god devotional cover image. two sea mountains in turbulent water. the words for psalm 42:11 are overlaid

How to Put Your Hope in God [Psalm 42:11 Daily Devotional]

“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

The psalmist is taking time here to identify how they’re feeling on the inside. What’s somewhat encouraging to us is that they’re not in a celebrating mood. It seems like there’s a lot on their mind and it’s not all good. But despite all that, they put their focus back on God and put their hope in him. Because even when things are going right, we can still praise God and put our hope in him.

How to Put Your Hope in God

Maybe you’ve felt like the psalmist. Nothing seems to be going your way and you can’t help but feel downcast and sad. You’re not alone here!

There’s nothing wrong with being down. As we learn from the psalmist, it happens to everyone. The problem comes when you choose to stay down. We’re given an application here in this verse, and that’s to still praise God and put your hope in him. By all means, feel your feelings; they’re there for a reason. But don’t let your feelings consume you. Give them over to God and let him handle them as you praise him.

Mental health is no joke, so there may be cause for you to seek out a counselor. I always encourage that. In fact, I see a counselor once a month. But in many cases, though, there may be no reason to seek out professional help. In those cases, I encourage you to pray, worship, and ask God to help you through your feelings. He’s faithful to come through for you.


Father, thank you for godly examples of how to deal with my feelings. Help me to continue to praise you and put my hope in you even when things seem hopeless. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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