Overcome Depression With A God Session

In the Pacific Northwest, where it’s overcast most days, lots of people suffer from light deprivation, which results in mood swings and depression. There’s even a scientific name for this problem: “Seasonal Affective Disorder,” or S.A.D. People suffering from S.A.D. hav … More

Depression

If we are honest, most of us know what depression is. It affects us in at least four ways:

  1. It overwhelms our spirit - “I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed” (v. 3).
  2. It robs us of our sleep - ‘Thou holdest mine eyes waking” (v. 4).
  3. It seals our lips - “I am so troubled that I cannot speak” (v. 4).
  4. It awakens our memory - “I call to remembrance my song in the night” (v. 6).

The most common causes of depression are:

  1. A pessimistic outlook on life - “My soul refused to be comforted” (v. 2).
  2. An accusing conscience - “I remembered God and.... was troubled” (v. 3).
  3. An unhealthy introspection - “My spirit made diligent search” (v. 6).
  4. Leaving God out of my thoughts - “Will the Lord cast off for ever (v. 8).

What the cure for depression is:

  1. Admit it and confess it - “This my infirmity” (v. 10).
  2. Seek God in prayer - “Thy way, O God, in the sanctuary” (v. 13).
  3. Encourage yourself in the Lord - “I will remember” (v. 12), “I will meditate” (v. 14).
  4. Testify to others of the Lord’s doings - “And talk of thy doings” (v. 12).

Application

In his depression David found out what was wrong. He found it very quickly and he began to change. Lord help me to not wallow in self pity but to be quick to follow the principles outlined above.

Psalms 77:1-20 (English Standard Version)

I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I consider the days of old, the years long ago. I said, "Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart." Then my spirit made a diligent search: "Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?" Then I said, "I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High." I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled. The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side. The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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