“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.”
Depression is a cruel and unfair player. It singles us out at inconvenient times and is unconcerned about our commitments or schedules. Nor is it a respecter of persons. Many of God’s great warriors fought attacks of depression.
The prophet Elijah despaired to the point of praying “Lord, take my life!” The apostle Paul was often overwhelmed, making it necessary for the Lord to speak to him in a night vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you…” And one of my heroes of the faith, Charles Spurgeon, suffered severe bouts of depression. He explained them as dark and sinister emotions that left him feeling alienated from God.
Does it surprise you that believers face these kinds of battles? It shouldn’t. We all struggle from time to time with feelings of hopelessness. But notice how the Psalmist begins to overcome the darkness. He preaches the truth of God to himself, knowing he will find strength and courage there.
The next time you find depression creeping in, lay hold of verses like 2 Samuel 22:2-3:
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength,
in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and
my refuge; my Savior.”
Immerse yourself in scriptures that speak about salvation and the magnitude of God’s love for you. Remind yourself of all that is now yours and say, “My hope is in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior!”
Awaiting His return,
– Pastor Jack