Haveyou ever heard anyone say that he or shewas despondent? Here is what that word “Despondent” means Losing courage at the loss of hope; sinking intodejection; depressed and inactive in despair. Losing courage or boldnessto the point of getting depressed and losing a desire of the things thatbrought joy. Does anyone really want to be despondent? I don’t think they dobut I’m sure we have all been without courage and I’m sure things have alsolooked hopeless, but to be despondent is losing courage and sinking intodejection, depressed and despair. Did you catch that word “sinking?” One of thedeadliest peacetime disasters in history was the sinking of the Titanic where1,517 people died. Here was a ship that was designed by experienced engineersusing the most advanced technologies and safety features of its time and it sank.Sinking is no more than to fall by a force greater than gravity. But the keyword here is sinking. It doesn’t all happen at once; sure we all have bad daysbut when those days come we can fight to turn them around or we can allow thento brings us lower and lower to the point to where we hit bottom. Despondenceis good for the one who has come to the end of a life dominating issue that is destroyingtheir life as well as those around them for when one comes to that place theymay have just come to a place of safety. I read this the other day and decidedto pay attention to my singing. Whenanybody sings it’s an outward token of an inward happiness. Despondent peoplevery seldom sing. When a man sings as he walks it means that he has a heart ofpeace. When he sings while he is dressing in the morning, it means that hegladly accepts another day. Then I wasreminded of the night that Paul and Silas sang.
Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises untoGod: and the prisoners heard them. What did they have to sing about inthe midnight hour? Could it be that they had learned that happiness and joy arenot found with the outward but with what is going on inside; Paul and Silassang praises in the jail at midnight. Their relationship with God was anexciting business as all true relationships ought to be. They had not onlypeace in believing; they had joy. I think David knew about that also.
Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praiseunto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Sohow is your singing? Do you have a new song or are you depressed and in despairwith the things that are going on around you that you have no control over? Or doyou have that joy that is going on inside and the song is coming out in yourlife?