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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Jul 26

Written by: Andries
Thursday, July 25, 2019 11:12:51 PM  RssIcon

We read in Psalms 73: 26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
 
My flesh and my heart may fail" defines despondency, meaning misery, unhappiness, sadness and hopelessness. There are three important parts to this little phrase.
 
"My flesh" – there is a physical component to despondency. The body weakens, there are aches, pains, fatigue and eventually the risk of serious illness as a result of constant misery – ulcers, strokes, heart decease – and there always is exhaustion.
 
Secondly, "and my heart" - there is an emotional-spiritual dimension to despondency. We feel discouraged, depressed, gloomy, doubtful and burned out.
 
Thirdly, there is this word, "fail." It means to come to your wits end and be depleted of all physical, emotional and spiritual resources.
 
Is it a sin to feel miserable and despondent?
Under sad and hopeless circumstances it is no sin to feel despondent. Many of the exemplary believers in the Scriptures experienced deep and dark sadness and even hopelessness. Jesus was overwhelmed with sorrow in Gethsemane.
But, what is a sin is to yield to despondency. To make it your partner for life, to refuse to fight it and to think that God cannot reach you in that dark space – or to believe that God cannot change your broken heart into a source of gladness and joy!
 
The most important 2 words in this verse are: "But God..."  Psalm 73:26 contains this truth: "My flesh and my heart may fail": And then it speaks about the believers counter attack: “but God.”
 
So here we are. Often feeling that the plug is pulled out at the bottom of our lives and we are left empty and without plan or joy.
“But God”. God is the strength of my life.
And God is my portion forever!
 
Despondency comes from many places.
But faith comes from one place only. It comes from faith’s willingness to say: “but God.” But God can fill me with gladness again.
 
In Gethsemane Jesus was overwhelmed with sorrow.
But he found peace in the wisdom and love of God’s sovereign will.
He was at ease to surrender to God: “Father, your will be done” he prayed.
Thus our Saviour found peace – even inner tranquility, because he yielded to his Father’s will and purpose for his life!
He still went to the cross - and there he committed his spirit into his Father’s hands, fulfilled and completed his purpose and went to Paradise. 

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