Why are you cast down?
You need help to get up if you are cast down.
Here are several translations of Psalm 42:5. Are you in a cast-down position? Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you troubled, my soul, and why have you perplexed me? Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Why are you in despair, O my soul? Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
What does cast down mean? What is a cast sheep?
A cast sheep has rolled over onto its back. It may not be able to get up without assistance. This happens most commonly with short, stocky sheep with full fleeces on flat terrain. Cast sheep can become distressed and die within a short period of time if they are not rolled back into a normal position. When back on their feet they may need support for a few minutes to ensure they are steady.
The Good Shepherd Jesus Christ is the one who gives the sheep (you) assistance. HE is the one who restores your soul. HE is the one who gets you back on your feet. HE is the one who helps you through the distress, depression, fear and anxiety. HE is the one who gives you the life-giving water to quench your thirst.
Job was restored after he lost his family, wealth, friends and health. Joseph was restored after family betrayal, unjust accusations, breach of promises and imprisonment. Peter was restored after denying Jesus three times. Paul was restored after persecuting Christians.
A sound mind is restored when fear is removed. Perfect love casts out fear. It is the Good Shepherd’s act of love to lift you up, give you a hug, turn you over so that you can stand, and reconcile you to Holy God in repentance through the forgiveness of your sin so that you can wear HIS robe of righteousness.
A sound mind (soul) is renewed and restored by the washing of the Word of God. Depression, defeat, anxiety and discouragement are spiritual weapons of the enemy to make you less effective in your testimony of God’s goodness and greatness. HIS love never, ever fails. HIS love heals and restores the downcast.
If you need assistance in getting on your feet, cry out to the Good Shepherd for help. HE is waiting for you to ask for help. HE will restore you and assist you to your feet.
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