In Psalm 42, David appears to question his own despair and why is soul is disturbed within him. The response is one with great application for leadership today: “Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.”
Two thoughts surround David’s emphasis.
The first is the hope only found in God. When we place hope in our own abilities, or the abilities of others, disappointment results when we are let down. When our hope is placed in possessions, we are left with discouragement when these possessions deteriorate or are stolen. Therefore, the only source of hope that will never disappoint or discourage us is God.
The second is the idea developed from the help that comes with God’s presence. Scripture reminds us of the omnipresence of God. We are comforted by knowing that He is in all places at the same time. There is no place where God is not. His control over all things and presence in all places provides comfort and confidence.
Leaders must always lead with hope in God and the help of His presence.