Psalms 42 and 43 seem to be written by the same writer: The sons of Korah. Both psalms maintain the same category: “spiritual depression”. Why spiritual depression? Well, they were far from the house of God and did not have a temple where to worship God and therefore they felt distressed, for being far from the house of God. Have you felt afflicted for being away from the house of God?
The sons of Korah wrote:
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.
The psalmist speaks directly with his soul and asks him a question: Why do you trouble yourself inside me? In the previous Psalm he asked the same question to his soul, with much spiritual depression because he was far from the house of God, but at the same time he maintained a living hope that his soul would still worship God in His holy temple.
O beloved brothers, in moments of spiritual depression, let us tell our soul to praise God, that the process does not end there, but that we still have to continue praising the only true God. If that desire does not accompany you, pray to the Lord and ask Him to put in you a heart that desires to praise God.
The psalmist knew that God was his salvation and he trusted with all his heart in his God. Do we trust that our salvation only comes from God at times like that?