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Why Despair?

Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
And why art thou disquieted within me?
—Psalm 43:5

When the storms of doubts are surging round us and clouds and darkness surround our souls, it is then we ask "Where is God?" But if God is our Ideal, and if we strive, as far as in us lies, to live up to Him, why need we be cast down? There are times when He seems so far away; times when we cannot get in touch with Him; times when our prayers seem to be dead failures, and we feel ourselves scared and blackened by our sins.

It is then we long to get at this mystery, it is then we long to live for the Highest. But we feel so utterly unworthy to be in the Presence of God, and so our souls despair.

But our ideal must ever be greater than ourselves, otherwise it is no ideal; so, as we climb the upward path, though we may, for a time, feel we are making no headway but are just where we began, we are really progressing rapidly toward our final Goal—which is God.

And so when struggles and passions beat upon our souls and when we know not where to find shelter, let us sing with the Psalmist:

Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
And why are thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God.
—Psalm 42:11

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