Ps 42.11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
In this verse we observe the discouragements of the believer and how they can be remedied. It’s a reminder that the Christian can be discouraged in life. However, notice how he addresses these discouragements; first self-reprehension and then self-admonition.
First he rebukes himself for his timidness and distrust of God “Why are you cast down?” “Why are you in turmoil within me?” followed by a reprimand wherein he calls himself to wait upon and, “Hope in God.” Why is he to hope in God? Three reasons, first because he anticipates his deliverance, “For I shall again praise him.” Secondly, because salvation belongs to God, he is “My salvation.” And lastly he is in covenant with him, he is “my God.”
Puritan William Bridge (1600-1670) in his book A Lifting Up for the Downcast, makes three helpful observations about this verse. “1) There is an inward peace and quietude of soul which the saints and people of God ordinarily are endued with. 2) It is possible that God’s people may be much discouraged, cast down and disquieted. 3) The saints and people of God have no reason for their discouragements whatever their condition may be.”
For the sake of space I want to consider his first observation. The poet’s ordinary condition was one of peace. And this is the ordinary state of God’s people. They are washed in the blood of Christ, dressed in white, the garment of rejoicing and peace. White does represent purity and holiness but also rejoicing, as opposed to the black garment of mourning.
Rev 7.13-14 “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
And when we consider the status of God’s people we aren’t surprised. They walk with God and talk with him. They have his ordinances and his worship. They possess the oracles and promises of God. This access to God was reason enough for Job to have peace. (Job 22:21)
Consider even the Trinity and how they have communion and fellowship with each other. If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, the Father is the King of Peace. And this is his will, to give his people peace and comfort. This is what the minister speaks to God’s people. Reminding them of the peace they have with God because their warfare is over, their sin is pardoned, and God has no more against them.
Ps 29.11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
Christ has purchased this peace for us and now the Father is engaged to give it by the Spirit.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace…(Eph 2:13-14)