When we think of the words David and, __________ 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 wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine 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: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me, 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 unto the Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.” 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. “How Great Thou Art,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “ All Hail the Power of Jesus Name,” “To God Be the Glory,” and others, are 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. (DH)