Psalm 43:5   Thought/Prayer:  Downcast, Cast Down.  Topics:  2 at end.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.”  RSV Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.“ (Read this scripture and more at

Are there times when your heart seems so heavy you can hardly drag around the weight of it in yourself through your day?  Is it just too much to ponder, consider, accept . . . whatever is the struggle?  It seems that this scripture may describe such a condition quite accurately.  “Cast down.”  Everything about us, and within us, seems, yes, cast down.  Thrown down.  Thrown down within.  It is difficult when we are overtaken by such a downward pull from within ourselves.

This scripture is so honest about this.  The writer (perhaps David) doesn’t try to hide the fact that he is depressed.  Depression is a great pull-down, casting us down even to the point that we do not want to get out of bed to do any task awaiting us.  Maybe we think about the millstone sinking in the watery lake.  We think nothing will stop our downward descent, just like the huge and heavy stone.

But here is the advice, given along with the problem:  Hope in God.  And we are not only to hope in Him—we are to expect to once again praise Him.  Praise comes at great cost when we are cast down; it is an effort to make ourselves extol God.  It takes energy and our mind’s engagement to praise Him.  But in this Psalm, it seems that the praise doesn’t necessarily come at the time of being “down.”  If we can’t praise then, we will later.

When we know people struggling with decisions about LIFE and death, many times they are in the depths of downcast-ness.  They simply have no energy and are deeply inward in their being.  But we can help.  By our prayers and our standing-by, perhaps a glimmer of light will penetrate the darkness of spirit.  And that is where hope can begin.

Topics:  Pray for awareness of others’ downcast spirits – and then stand by on call—to pray and to help them as we can.
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