Visual Aid: Depression

Depression.  Psalms 141:8 But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.


Psalms 141:8 “But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.”

“How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? 2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; ” Psalm 13:1-3


David, a man after God’s own heart, often cries out to God in the Psalms.  David experienced depression, sorrow and grief and recorded his emotions for us to read.  In the above passage, David is again crying out for God.  Has God forgotten him?

David teaches us that even God’s chosen, elect, beloved children can experience sadness, sorrow and depression.  He also teaches us that God has not abandoned us.  Consider the last 2 verses of this same chapter of Psalms.

“5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.  6 I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

David soon remembers where to put his trust and expectantly looks for God’s salvation.  While yet sad, David knows that salvation is coming because God has always dealt bountifully with him and God is faithful.

Sadness and sorrow are real, but so is God’s grace and love for his children.  Never lose hope in God, always look expectantly for his salvation.



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