“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance” (Psalm 42:5 NKJV).
David asked what we might call a rhetorical question: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” In other words, why are you so hopeless? Then he took command of his soul by a demand of submission. He said to his soul, “Hope in God!” Then by an act of his will he took an action step. He added, “I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.”
Praise affects your countenance—the way you look and the way you carry yourself. When you look in the face of God and see that the solution to all your problems is in Him, your load gets lighter. Your face begins to glow.
Discouragement and hopelessness affect the way you look, too. You walk in a dark cloud because you lack the assurance that God is with you. You allow yourself to get down because you forgot prosperity, as Jeremiah said (Lamentations 3:17).
Despair is not the picture that God wants to see when He looks at you. Sometimes your spirit has to make it clear to your emotions that they will not rule you. Your mental state will not rule you. The carnality of your flesh will not rule you. Your spirit is in charge and it’s full of hope.
Some people always wear a happy face even when they are going through things. They never lose the ability to smile. Those people have learned how to control their souls. They have a prophetic grace on them. They take seriously the assurance that God is with them and that gives them hope. They don’t let negative things come in and take control.
The battle for your soul takes place in the eternal realm. Every time that you take a stand against dark forces in your mind, will, and emotions you are growing closer to Christ-likeness.
The devil tries to convince you that you can’t trust the living God! You have to tell him off and declare that you will trust the Lord and have faith in His holy name. You say, “I hope in God. My hope is renewed. I have a testimony of God’s goodness in my life. I praise Him for His greatness toward me!”
When you win the battle for your soul, hope comes alive. You walk consistently in hope as you walk with God.