Facing Depression

depression

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again – my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:11).

Facing your own depression isn’t always easy. Sometimes, it may seem easier to cheer someone else up, before realizing your own need for encouragement.

When King David faced his own depression, he realized the benefit of being able to share his feelings with God. In the Psalms, David pours out his heart, knowing that God would be listening. In this dialogue, David is able to share his burdens and returns to placing His hope in God; this in turn encourages his soul.

Are you feeling depressed? Here are a few tips to help you to face your depression:

  1. Focus on things that can refresh your soul. Philippians 4:8 encourages us to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
  2. Remind yourself of the LORD’s presence. Moses spoke to Joshua, and the entire assembly of Israel with these words: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8). What was true for them, is also true for you; the LORD promises to always be with you.
  3. God’s love keeps you connected to Him: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
  4. Nurture your relationship with Jesus: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).

Heavenly Father,  thank you that you can help me to face my depression. I can speak to you, and you will listen to me. Help me to think about what is true, to remind myself of your continued presence, to think of your love, and to nurture my relationship with Jesus. Amen.

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