Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Psalm 42, the life of blessing has been tested in the crucible of experience. As one author aptly put it, the “How are you?” of life is for once answered truthfully: “I feel awful.” The psalmist shares real feelings about real life. The fact is, sometimes the life of faith feels more like a withered landscape in the midst of a drought than like a tree planted by rivers of water bringing forth fruit and prospering. Sometimes grief and wearisome sadness sweep over us like wave upon wave and we feel overwhelmed. So what are we to do when we are struggling with spiritual depression? What can we do when we are distressed or oppressed? What can we do when we are taunted from without and within? The psalmist echoes his advice. We must preach to ourselves and pray to our God.