David inquired, “Why are you cast down, O my soul?” (Psalm 42:5).
“Oh, it is hard to work for God,
To rise and take His part
Upon this battle-field of earth,
And sometimes not lose heart!
He hides Himself so wondrously,
As though there were no God:
He is least seen when all the powers
Of ill are most abroad.
Or He deserts us at the hour
The fight is all but lost;
And seems to leave us to ourselves
Just when we need Him most.
Workman of God! O, lose not heart,
But learn what God is like;
And in the darkest battle-field
Thou shalt know where to strike.
Thrice blest is he to whom is given
The instinct that can tell
That God is on the field when He
Is most invisible.” 1
David continued, “Hope thou in God!”
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- Bishop Frederick W. Faber, Sermons on Old Testament Heroes, by Clarence Edward Macartney, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York and Nashville, Copyright 1935, p. 96