And as we continue with this psalm, I don’t think the psalmist was saying that he had given up, that he had walked away from his faith. He continued.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:5-7
“Therefore I will remember you…” And that is the key. We need to keep our thoughts and minds and hearts centered on the Lord. We can fill up on God’s Word. Then we can meditate on it, chew on it throughout the day. When we see the beauty around us, it can lift our eyes to the Creator and fill our mouths with praise.
Keeping our hearts centered on the Lord is a surefire way to avoid the phrase in our Christian walk, “I used to…”
Lord, I don’t ever want to be the one who used to. I want to be the one who is.