Throughout Psalms 42 and 43, the psalmist says that the answer to emotional depression is hope. Three times he encouraged himself to “hope in God” (42:5, 42:11, and 43:5).

The more specifically we can define our hope, the better we can recognize it when our hope is fulfilled. The psalmist listed his hopes in the first four verses of Psalm 43. Like the psalmist, we place our hope in:

God’s Power to Deliver (Psalm 43:1). This is the psalmist’s cry: “Justify me, defend and support me.” The Lord reminds us of His faithfulness in the past and assures us that He is continuing to walk with us during our difficult situation.

God’s Presence and Protection (Psalm 43:2). Why should we mourn when God is our strength and our stronghold? In the swirling tides of relativism and permissiveness and with the destruction of moral values, His fortress of Truth remains steadfast.

God’s Direction (Psalm 43:3). While under the cloud of hopelessness, it is easy to make wrong decisions. Scripture says that the Word of God is a light (see Psalm 19:8, 119:105, 119:130; Proverbs 6:23; 2 Peter 1:19). Through the Word, God gives us the answers that we need.

God as Our Joy (Psalm 43:4). If we seek joy from our feelings or from comfortable circumstances, then we will be constantly disappointed. If we find joy in the Lord and in His Word, then we will experience hope even in hopeless situations.

It is essential that we focus our hope not on the counterfeit substitutes the world offers, but on Christ—as only a Christian can do.

Prayer: God, thank You for being my hope when I’m feeling down. Thank You for Your power to deliver. Thank You for Your presence, protection, and direction. Thank You for being my joy. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell” (Psalm 43:3).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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