August 3, 2022

Psalms 43:5

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.


               Your countenance is that which is revealed of you through your face.  We can often read the condition of a person’s soul by their facial expressions.  It is a non-verbal communication of an inward state of being.  In this scripture from Psalms we gather that David’s countenance is suffering because of what he is wrestling with in his soul.   We know our soul is partly made up of our emotions and our emotions are most often reflected upon our face.  Oh we can put on fronts and be pretentious about our feelings by changing our countenance, but in reality, if we are truly being ourselves our countenance will bear out our emotional state.  What we see in David here is that he knows that his soul is troubled, distressed, depressed, fearful, anxious and worried.  It is the Spirit man, the anointing within David that ministers to his soul.  It begins speaking faith, hope, and trust in the Lord.  It begins to praise God for who He is.  The Spirit man begins to remind David’s soul of God’s promises, of His faithfulness and the confidence he has in the Lord.  It takes the eyes of the soul off of the present circumstances and places them upon the Lord of glory who is our healer, our supply, our deliverer and our salvation.  Through the ministry of the Spirit, the soul is encouraged, lifted up and again a healthy countenance returns to the outer man, because of the transformation that has taken place within. 

               Proverbs 15:13 says, “merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”  Our countenance and our heart condition are directly related.  When we are full of joy our face will reflect that joy.  When we are in sorrow our faces will reflect that sorrow.  That is why Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”  In Psalms 21:1-2 David declares, “The king shall have joy in your strength, O LORD;

And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! 2 You have given him his heart’s desire, And have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah”  

               Our confidence, our relationship and God’s promises to us are a source of our joy and the lifting of our countenance when life is dealing us some hard and discouraging blows.  Don’t set your eyes upon your circumstances, but hope, trust and give God the praise for what you do not see and what you do not feel.  Allow Him to lift your countenance in the joy of His presence.  Jesus is the mountain in the midst of your valley so let your soul be lifted up and be encouraged in Him.  Put a smile on your face and a song in your heart and declare that the Lord is the glory and the lifter of your head.

               I leave you with these passages from Psalms 3 and 89.  “O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD;

you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. 7 Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah”

               Psalms 89:15-17,  “Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.16 In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted.17 For You are the glory of their strength, And in Your favor our horn is exalted.”



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