Monday, August 24, 2009
The Help of our Countenance
"Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you so disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God." Psalm 43:5 (NKJV)
After I came back from Church on Sunday I sat down and watched an old Doctor Who TV episode on DVD.This is a UK TV series about a Time Lord who travels through time righting wrongs. In the episode I watched the Doctor thwarted a threat from the Sigorax, a hostile alien race who came in a huge spaceship to destroy Earth. As the spaceship was leaving, and the Doctor and his team were celebrating, a haggard looking Prime Minister gave the decision to shoot down the spaceship.
When the spaceship debris was raining down on London the Doctor turned angrily to the Prime Minister and said to her, "I can bring your government down with only six words". He then went aside with her (yes, a female prime minister) aide and whispered into his ear, "Don't you think she looks tired?" Eventually, the strain of office did get to her and her government was overthrown. All because of six words that indicated a downcast countenence!
In this Psalm we see that our countenance is effected by the state of our soul. If our soul is downcast within us then our countenance will be downcast. The remedy is praising God. We can actually speak to our souls, "Hey Soul! Get a grip! Why are you in such a blue mood? Come on and praise the Lord right now."
Say this to your soul right now and choose to praise God for who He is and what He has done. We praise Him not only when we feel like it but especially when we don't. We can choose to command our soul to praise Him and He will strengthen us to do so! This is how David strengthened himself in the Lord and we too can do the same thing.
He is the glory and the lifter of our head. Amen!
If your soul is feeling blue,
And your face shows it too,
It's time for a praise renew,
And you'll surely get a breakthrough!
"Father, thankyou that you are always worthy to be praised no matter what I go through. I choose to command my soul to praise You in every situation, good or bad. Soul! Praise the Lord. now! Hallelujah! Amen!"