Depression and Improvement

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Psalm 142

1 I cry out to the Lord with my voice; With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.

2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.

4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.

5 I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.

6 Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.

7 Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me.”

I find in this Psalm, which was written when David fleeing from Saul’s army was hiding in cave, a journey from depression to improvement of thought. David was in a bad way. He had been anointed as king of Israel but Saul was committed to killing him and was hunting him like one would hunt an animal. David found refuge in a cave but Saul was gaining on him. With nowhere to go and certain death seeming apparent, David went into a bout of depression.

Read the first six verses focusing on verse 4. When we listen to ourselves and allow our minds to take us to the worst possible places, I want you to see that we go to places that are untrue, places that deceive our thinking bringing us to false conclusions. David was in a bad place, no doubt. But in verse 4 he accepted false conclusions. He said that he looked on his right hand and saw no one who acknowledged him. He found no refuge. No one cared for his soul.   These are all untrue statements! On David’s right hand were the strongest and bravest soldiers alive. All around him were men who looked to him for physical and for spiritual leadership. He was surrounded by refuge both from man and from God. Had not the prophet of God, Samuel himself anointed David as king? Was Saul going to thwart the work of God? Had God not protected David all along and was God going to stop being his refuge now? Did no one care for his soul? Didn’t David have two wives back home and children and parents who cared for his soul?

Here is my point: when we allow depression into our minds it can and will take us to untrue places. These false realities, which we allow to become our realities, make us think dark thoughts that just are not so. The longer we stay there the more we focus on those dark thoughts the harder it is to come out and back into the light of the truth.

In verse 9 David realizes that he has put himself into a prison of his own making and asks God to bring him out so that he can praise His name. David sees those good people surrounding him and leans on them. He is then able to see that God has dealt bountifully with him and is not going to leave him now.

 

Learn from David that good people can fall into depression but that depressing thoughts are usually exaggerations if not outright false realities that lead us into dark places away from the light of the truth. Bring your mind into the light, rejoice in the Lord, and look at those who are there for you and be thankful.

 

After church last night I spent an hour with our friends, Fred and Bonnie. At the end of our time we had a prayer time of rejoicing, thanking God for all that He has done in our lives. You know what, even in a hospital room, a prayer of praise and thanksgiving is in order and brings peace and blessing.

 

Bobbi spent time yesterday with Bonnie Verway; caring for her while Kris slept. Bonne is not eating much at all and we are praying for her peaceful transition from here to the presence of Jesus.

 

All is well. God is God. We are at peace.

 

Have a great day in Him,

 

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