Getting Rid of the Ugly Feelings

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Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Psalm 42:11

It's not a new thing for me to write and say that I love the book of Psalms. What I love about them is their honesty.

The writers pulled no punches with how they felt.  There are gut wrenching emotions spoken of.

Psalm 42 is a good example.  (Though I only quoted one verse, I'd encourage you to read the whole Psalm.)  I wasn't hunting out this particular verse.  It pretty much found its way to me.   

I've read the entirety of Psalm 42 before. Yet, this time I saw something new.

"Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance …."

I don't know about you, but folks can pretty much tell how I'm feeling by the way I look.  If I'm sad, I can't hide it.  I'm kind of the open book - what you see is what you get type of person.

I realized that when I'm sad, mad, upset - whatever - the thing that brings me back to an even keel is God.  He gifts me with something, or I read something, or in prayer - it is God who gets rid of the ugly feelings - and my face changes.

God is the one who mediates my emotions.  I can't do it on my own. I can make a temporary salve - but it takes God to heal the wound that precipitates my emotional hurt.

I'm also finding that it's hard to "think on God" and have the proverbial unhappy face.  When I start to think on God and all He has done, I can't help but see things in a different light (pun intended) and how I am feeling changes. 

It truly is God who "helps my countenance."

My encouragement for today? Think on Him. Think on all He has done for you - starting with wanting to have a relationship with you - and see if your outlook changes … as well as the look on your face.

Father God, So many times I have said that you never cease to amaze me. I think it is because I am simply not capable of understanding all of what you are. I pray you will be working in the lives of each reader, to help them to see the wonder that is You. Amen and amen.


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