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Accepting the Savior in our Life

Willingson Shingnaisui 
Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.

When was the last time you conversed with someone? What was it about? Now, most of us must probably be thinking of a person with whom we live together in a house. But it is said that the person we talk with the most is ourselves! If so, then what have you been talking about with yourself and what’s been occupying your mind?

The selected verse begins on a gloomy note. Here we find David conversing with himself. It shows us the picture of anguish, pain, discomfort and suffering in a person’s soul. When the inside is good, it is reflected in the outside appearance. He asks himself “why?” Have you lately asked yourself “why?” What possibly could make the soul of a child of God so gloomy with sorrow? The reasons may vary from the activities of ungodly people, worldly indulgences, the “oppression of the enemy” or the darkness in the soul because of the presence of sin in one’s life. Whatever the reason maybe, it is certain that he or she needs a Savior who can redeem and deliver.

After David questions himself, interestingly he leaves the question unanswered. But proceeds to comfort and encourage himself to “hope in God.” O how blessed the one whose unwavering hope is in God. What would calm your troubled soul? For a child of God it is always his or her “hope in God.”

And David’s blessed “hope in God” has its fountain in his past experience wherein his Savior redeemed him. “I shall again praise Him” implies that he is confident of his “hope in God” will not be unredeemed! What do you hope in, to life up your down cast soul? Is it in your wisdom, your knowledge, your affiliations or your material wealth? Do you need a Savior today? Did our Savior ever fail or disappoint you? Remember the past mercies and deeds of our God in your life and remember that God is able to save and redeem you from all your troubles and sins. Will you not come to the Savior today who is able much more exceedingly than you can think or imagine? It will do good to recall the Savior’s saving grace in your life today. There’s chaos everywhere in the world today. How about you? Are you at peace within and with our Savior or are you troubled by the cares and troubles of this world? No amount of doctrinal knowledge or past mercies will save you. Only the Savior will do. A Savior saves! A Savior who doesn’t save would be a contradiction and a paradox. Come, the Savior awaits.   

Is your soul cast down? Are you disquieted within yourself?


Lord Jesus, grant me your grace to faithfully put my hope and trust in you so that I can live to be an instrument of your glorious mercy and love. Amen.

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)

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