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Why Am I So Depressed?

December 8, 2014

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Why Am I  So Depressed?

Depression is not a new thing.     Even people  who trust  in the LORD God  can experience depression  for any number of reasons.     A psalmist speaks  about his depression  in Psalm 42.     He was depressed  because his enemies  were taunting him  all day long  in his misery  by repeatedly asking  in Psalm 42:3,

Where is your God?

As they mocked him,  he sadly remembered  his better days  when he was joyfully going  to God’s house  with a whole bunch  of people,  all  with thanksgiving.     Those were his “good ol’ days”.     But now,  all of Israel was  in exile  for their sins.     The enemies  who captured Israel  joyfully imagined  that their idol god  was stronger  than the LORD God Almighty.     But,  the truth was  that God was allowing Israel  to be punished  for their sins  of unfaithfulness,  as He had warned them  through various prophets.

Deep down  in his heart,  this psalmist  knew that the LORD is God  in all love  and faithfulness,  no matter what is happening  in this world.     Nevertheless,  he felt so alone  and forgotten  by the LORD.     With the truth  of God’s love  clashing against  his feelings  of being forsaken,  he just had  to ask himself  in Psalm 42:5,

Why am I  so depressed?
Why this turmoil  within me?
Put your hope  in God,  for I will still praise Him,
my Savior  and my God.

In his depression,  this psalmist  gave himself  a good “talking to”.     He pitted the truths  of God’s holy faithfulness  and love  against his wishy-washy feelings.     Feelings constantly change  according  to the things happening  around us.     But,  God Almighty does not change.     As our heavenly Father,  God needs  to put us through testings,  trials,  and punishments  in order  to refine,  strengthen,  and establish a strong  and true faith  within us.

All this  is why King David  tells us,  in Psalm 68:4,

Sing  to God,  sing praises  to His name;
Cast up a highway  for Him  who rides  through the deserts,
Whose name  is the LORD,  and exult  before Him.

When we’re  “depressed”  and feeling  like our heart  and lives  are a dried up “desert”,  we need  to face the truths  of God’s love  for us  by singing  “praises  to His name”.     That way,  we’re making  “a highway  for Him  who rides  through the deserts”  —  we’re opening up the way  for God  to live  in our hearts,  because He is the one  who lives  in the humble hearts  of His faithful children,  who are facing  overwhelming challenges.     When God  is allowed  to come  into our hearts,  we will receive His comfort,  assurance,  strength,  and peace.

No one escapes times  of depression.     But,  when those tough times come,  we need to,  “Put your hope  in God,  for I will still praise Him,  my Savior  and my God.”

Remembering  all of God’s love  as it is expressed  in the Bible,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for faithfully being  our reason  for a true  and most valid  hope  and praise.”

Love,
Margaret

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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