July 27 Depression

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 19:1–18

Key Verse: Psalm 42:11

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

Martin Luther, the great leader of the Reformation, often dealt with severe periods of depression. Depression is still a problem that knows no educational, cultural, or financial boundaries.

In his book Healing for Damaged Emotions, Dr. David Seamands prescribes some practical helps:

Avoid being alone. When you are depressed, you do not want to be around people … force yourself to be with people.

Seek help from others. You can no more pull yourself out of depression than you can get yourself out of quicksand by pulling at your own hair. Seek out people and situations which generate joy.

Praise and give thanks. All the saints agree on this one. It was [Samuel] Brengle’s [the founder of the Salvation Army] way out. When he couldn’t feel God’s presence or really pray, he would thank God for the leaf on the tree or the beautiful wing of a bird.

Lean heavily on the power of God’s Word. Throughout the centuries, His people have found the Psalms to be the most beneficial.

Depression is not a dead end. There is a way out. Trust Him to lead you and to help you apply these liberating truths.

Dear Lord, when clouds of depression surround me, help me remember to praise You. Let me realize it is not a dead end. There is a way out and Your light illumines the way.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 218). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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