Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into deep waters; the floods engulf me. Psalm 69:1-2
Here David is feeling the overwhelming feeling of depression. In his depression he cries out to the Lord. I know personally how David felt, I too struggle with depression. It does not necessarily take an “event” to bring on the depression either. Sometimes it blind sides me, other times I can feel it coming on. It is a thorn I think the Lord has given me to keep me on my knees to him.
Many people can bounce back from life’s disappointments. Others who deal with depression have the sadness that persists and you feel everyday mundane things become too difficult to accomplish. First I want to say if you deal with depression and have not talked to your doctor, please do so. Even if you don’t want to deal with medication, there are natural ways to deal with depression that can help. But my point today is that even if people around you can not understand your mood or why things are so difficult, God understands. First admit you are depressed bring it to God and cry out to him. Even the word…HELP does wonders.
From my personal experience if I feel it coming on I make sure I am feeding my ears, my heart and my mind with things of God. I am reading scripture, reading devotionals, or listening to Christian music. It may not take the depression away but I have found it can help lessen the impact. When I am blind sided I have to tell myself (over and over) I can not rely on my feelings, but on what I know to be truth. It is during these times that your feelings will betray you.
There is nothing to be ashamed of, depression is not a sign of weakness and God will never leave you alone. Do not think depression is a sin, what is a sin is not turning to God for help in your time of desperate need. First if you need help please get it, secondly as a Christian if you know this is something you battle with provide yourself with the tools to help you through those dark times. My struggle with depression is something I don’t think will go away, but seeking doctor’s advice and providing myself with the tools I need when I feel depressed, has helped me tremendously. These things do not take it away, but make it survivable.
I am in no way an expert on depression I am only speaking from my experience, but for some reason God laid this on my heart to share.
Heavenly Father if there is anyone reading this today who struggles with depression I pray you will lead them to the resources they need to get help. Father I know some things in our life you have said you will not remove, we may not know the reason but we do know that we can turn everything around and use to your Glory. Father even when I feel the darkness…you are there. Even when I can not get out of bed…you are there. In Isaiah 40:29 you said you will give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. Father please give us strength in our times of great weakness. Amen.