Those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
When you’re in the dumps, it’s time to remember that God hasn’t abandoned you—so talk back to yourself.
In Psalm 42, the psalmist was feeling blue: “My tears have been my food day and night” (v. 3). Then he talked back to himself: “Why are you downcast . . . Why so disturbed? Put your hope in God” (v. 5).
Jeremiah was in despair: “I have forgotten what happiness is; . . . My endurance has perished; so has my hope” (Lam 3:17–18). Then he talked back to himself: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. . . . therefore I will hope in him” (vv. 21–24).
You have to let go of something
before you can grab hold of something else.