A Cure for Depression


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 8; Psalm 42; 1 Corinthians 15

Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 42

Today’s key passage is Psalm 42, which is written by the sons of Korah.  As a refresher, Korah was a Levite who led a mutiny against Moses because he was jealous of Moses and wanted the power that came from the priesthood.  Because God was with Moses, He opened up the earth beneath Korah’s feet and he was buried alive.  (For the complete story, read Numbers 16).  The sons of Korah (his descendants) remained faithful to God and served in the temple, and eventually they were appointed by David to serve as leaders of the choir.  In Psalm 42, the psalmist was feeling depressed.  He was a long way from Jerusalem and was unable to worship at the temple.  He explains his feelings best by saying that his “tears have been my food day and night“.  (42:3)  Though he was feeling depressed and alone, he knew that his only hope to feel better was in God.  He says, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (42:11)

Depression affects millions of people in the world every day, and it is a very serious ailment.  It can be caused by a variety of things, including a person’s present circumstances.  Sometimes when people feel depressed, they turn to things they think will help but that actually only serve to harm them – things like drugs, alcohol, or sex.  Even if we are not clinically depressed, we all still face ailments and hard times that will make our present conditions seem bleak at best.  Like the psalmist, our hope in these times of depression is in God.  God alone can give us the strength to keep going.  God alone can help us move forward even when our current circumstances seem overwhelming.  God alone can bring us peace and joy.  We can find this help from God through prayer, and we can find it in His Word.  As I was preparing to write about this Psalm today, I thought about some of the passages in the Bible I can turn to during the darkest of hours.  I thought about the passages that I can read regardless of the situation that can help lift my spirit.  Of course, these can be found in many places in the Bible, and different people will find different things to be uplifting, but I decided to make a brief list of some places to turn when feeling depressed:

Psalm 23

Psalm 27

Psalm 56

Psalm 91

Psalm 121

Isaiah 41:10

John 3:16

Romans 8:38-39

Galatians 2:20

Hebrews 13:5-6

In our times of greatest sorrow and depression, we can choose to turn to things that might dull the pain briefly, or we can choose to turn to God.  We can seek Him in His Word and cry out for Him to save us from our ailments.  We can find solace in the countless illustrations He has provided for us in the Bible, and we can find joy in knowing that our present conditions will be a distant memory when we are in Paradise with Him.  When you are feeling down, turn to God.  Turn to His promises for you, and let His power and His grace bring you strength.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on March 30, 2014, in 19 - Psalms and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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