Again, we see a theme of remembering who God is when we are downcast and in difficult circumstances. The psalmist states this very clearly, this time as a cause and effect.
Because his soul is downcast, he remembers God. As a result of struggling, he reflects on God’s character and praises Him for who He was, is, and will continue to be.
How can we practically do this? I’m reminded of Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
Supplication means to ask for something humbly and with sincere conviction. When we are desperate for rescue and restoration, we are told to pray and ask God wholeheartedly for what we need. In the same breath, we’re told to do so with thanksgiving, with hearts full of gratitude. Let us turn to Him first and foremost in our neediest, most desperate moments to allow Him to guard our hearts and minds with a peace only He can give.