There have been some great chapel speakers this semester here at Grove City. There have been two that have really stuck with me over the past few weeks, but Rev. Angel DeLaCruz’s sermon came back to mind today. For one, it was really, really short. But what he said really has made me ponder.
He spoke on Psalm 42:1-5. He was one of those chapel speakers that makes you say things to your neighbor and “give a hand clap for God”. Let’s just say that these don’t go over well at 9:30 AM at a Presbyterian thinking college.
DeLaCruz spoke about the stressors that blindside our souls into a spiritual disaster. It is these times that we must speak to our souls, “Get up and hope in God!” Do we come to the realization that the murkiness in our lives cannot be overcome by ourselves? Do we realize that we must go outside of ourself and turn to God?
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
What a huge realization! We can hope in God and again praise Him after we are downcast and in turmoil. Despite those around us who say “Where is your God?”, we can say “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God”.