The Health of Our Countenance (Psalm 42:11; 43:5)

“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.”

Our countenance, simply defined is the air; look; aspect; appearance of the face; as in the phrase, to change or alter the countenance (Webster). In other words, it is directly related to the expression on our faces.

How is the health of your countenance? The psalm writer states that God is the health of their countenance, meaning that He is the source of their joy, peace, patience, etc. (Gal 5:22-23), and Scripture reinforces such.

Troubles and trials will afflict the believer in Jesus Christ. This is a guarantee. However, while we are not expected to walk around with false smiles on our faces all the time, God does help us to be happy.

Many people that say they are saved, look like they are sucking lemons for most of their week. They never smile. They do not laugh. They have no peace or joy. The cure for this is to simply hope in God: read, study, and apply His Word. The more that we do this, the more we learn and grow in Christ. Involved in this process is being filled with the Spirit of God (abiding in Christ), which allows us to bear the fruit of the Spirit, which, in turn helps our countenance.

How is your countenance today? I’m not speaking of your pre-coffee grumps, but your attitude during the day. No matter if it is a good or bad day, I encourage you to make time for God: read and study your Bible & go to Him in prayer. He will be the health of your countenance, and allow you to be lights in this dark world.