David and Depression

David and Depression

When we think of the words David and, (fill in the blank) __________ many options come to mind, but one is probably not, David and depression. However, I cannot read the Psalms without questioning as to whether David dealt with some depression issues. Perhaps, it was minor and caused by circumstances, or perhaps it was a deeper chronic depression. Whatever the case, the Psalms are replete with David pleading in a deep, dark state for God's mercy, protection and deliverance. Psalm 13 is one such an example. Notice, how he begins. In the first two verses, he reveals the desperation in his heart, indicated that he was dealing with a daily sorrow.

"How long, O Lord, wilt thou forget me unto the end? how long dost thou turn away thy face from me? How long shall I take counsels in my soul, sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?"

In the next two verses David cries to God for deliverance from his agony, which had affected his sleep. He indicates, that his own sorrow may be the cause of his demise, rather than the enemy himself. This happens to many people. The enemy claims an indirect victory that was won because of a defeated spirit. David was so defeated, that even the enemy was not his greatest struggle. It was his spirit.

"Consider, and hear me, O Lord, my God. Enlighten my eyes, that I never sleep in death:Lest at any time my enemy say: I have prevailed against him. They that trouble me, will rejoice when I am moved:"

David concludes in the last two verses by committing himself to three things. It is these three things that I encourage all of us to take note of, and apply to our lives, in our times of depression, whether they be occasional or as David said, daily.

1. Trust in God's mercy. "But I have trusted in thy mercy." Never forget, that we have a God who loves to show mercy when we helplessly cry out to Him.

2. Rejoice in your salvation. "My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation" David often used the words, thy salvation, which I believe is special. He could've said, my salvation, but he knew that it was more secure, if it belonged to God than him. In other words, this is your problem, not mine so I rest in your salvation, not my own.

3. Sing to the Lord. "I will sing to the Lord, who giveth me good things" David loved to sing, and music was a means for David to overcome his depression. I also believe it is a means we all should use, to overcome our depression. What should we sing? We should sing songs to the Lord. "psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles" (Ephesians 5:19) perfect for moments like this. As we sing them to God, we are affirming that our faith is in Him and not, ourselves.

Are you fighting depression in your life? You are not alone by any means. Perhaps, you could try some of these things David used, to win the victory in your life.