Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God (PSALM 42:5-6 Esv)
I believe the greatest medicine of all for depression is the word of God. Claim the promises of God. Believe in the providence of God. Rely on the provision of God. Cloak yourself in the presence of God and in his word. You may be in the middle of the great depression, but remember, as long as there is God, there is hope for real victory.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
Depression is an epidemic these days, affecting 15.7 million American adults—6.7 percent of the population. While experiencing depression, the person can feel that their struggle is endless, that there’s no way out. Even David, the man after God’s heart, suffered from depression. During his darkest days, he knew what to do: he cried out to God. He spoke words of encouragement to himself—instructing his soul to “hope in God.”
All these centuries later, that’s still the best remedy for spiritually based depression. We can actually benefit from clouds hanging over our head when they force us to our knees and compel us to seek God fully.
When depression comes, turn your soul heavenward. Find the promises of God that will lift your burden. Turn the downward spiral around and begin to move up and out of depression. And never underestimate the power of praise. It’s hard to praise God and remain depressed.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.