Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God. (Psalm 42:11 NIV)

Should we be disturbed? I suppose it’s right to feel things but it’s what we do then that is important – we can turn our concerns into critical negativity, despair, general grumpiness or the like but the psalmist has a better idea – hope in God and he will bring the answer!

Lord, forgive me for letting concerns turn into worries that turn into criticism of others and blot out hope in you. I put my trust in you as you have answered so many times in the past and I will praise you.