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)


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