Words from the Heart for Monday December 7th, 2020
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.
Psalm 43:5 (NIV)
Just a little below dead centre of Canadian Headquarters Staff—a moody group portrait hanging in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa—the left sleeve of an officer with downcast eyes hangs empty. It’s tucked discreetly into his coat pocket, though, so only on close inspection does the painting give up this touch of pathos. The amputee is Harold McDonald, who was just 32 years old when they made him a brigadier-general in 1917. Terribly wounded at Ypres in April 1915, McDonald was dragged to safety by Dr. Francis Scrimger.
I watched a young woman walking down the street the other day and was heartbroken by what I saw. Her head hung down and she stared down towards the sidewalk. She was dabbing her eyes with a Kleenex. I silently prayed for her, wondering what was going on in her life. Our body language speaks loudly. Everything in her screamed downcast. King David had times like this. In Psalm 43:5 he wrote: “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.” King David was a human being. He had to deal with the same emotions that everyone else does. Including you and me. But he understood something important – God is always on our side. Instead of staring down at the sidewalk, he chose to look up to the God He knew by faith. And as he looked up, the things in his life that had caused him to be downcast become less threatening in light of the goodness and greatness of God. He teaches us a great lesson. Look up to God and hope will rise.
These have been words from the heart.