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From Downcast to Upraised

Have you ever felt downcast? Head bowed. Eyes on the ground. Shoulders slumped. Sighs of heaviness. Everything wrong. The world is against you. Circumstances hopeless. Trouble near. God so far away. Thoughts race through your mind without focus and clarity. Gloom overwhelms you.

The Psalmist feels cut off from God, longs to worship in the temple, and experiences the depression of emptiness. He cries out, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” (Psalm 43:5). He answers his own question with a glance upward, put your hope in God.” (Psalm 43:5). The human predicament provides no hope. Sin grips our hearts and makes us downcast. But God provides hope for forgiveness and salvation through the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ.

We need hope in God. He comes to us in our discouragement. Jesus’ shoulders were slumped with weight of our sins. His head bowed in death. But by His death Jesus won the victory and brings hope through His resurrection. No longer do we need to be downcast.

Now the psalmist lifts upraised hands to God: “I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God” (Psalm 43:5). He longs for the temple worship and begins to praise with his lips. God lifts him up and empowers him for praise.

God takes us where we are – downcast, hopeless, discouragement- and lifts our hands to praise Him, our Saviour and our God. Filled with the hope of Christ’s resurrection, we long to worship in God’s house and praise Him day by day. We have moved from downcast hearts to hands upraised in praise!


Written by: Pius Isaac Sedofia

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