Strategies for Overcoming Depression from Psalm 143 Part 2

 

God's Plans forus are for Good, Peace and Hope

God’s Plans forus are for Good, Peace and Hope

Previously we looked at Psalm 143’s description of what we call in today’s lingo, “depression.” King David felt persecuted, crushed and dark. He said it felt like being overwhelmed. But then, He focused on God. He remembered the things God had done for him and for the people that had gone before him. He considered in nature the works of God’s hands. We pick up David’s line of  thought in verse 6.

I muse on His promises to his people to be for us and on our side. Then I spread my hands out, from an emotionally safe place and ask for help (Psalm 143:6.) I can receive the water of His good news on my dry and thirty soul. “I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me (Psalm 57:2).”

            God has given us, ever since Jesus released it, the authority to trample on the plans of the enemy without worry about repercussions. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19, NKJV).” 

We have the power to loosen the life power of heaven with our words. The tool is our mouth. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…(Proverbs 18:21, NKJV).” We also have the ability to speak to our mountains of difficulty. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says (Mark 11;23m NKJV).”  These two points allow us, with our mouths, to bind the powers of darkness and loosen the principles of heaven on earth. We call this binding and loosing.

The more we know scripture, the more we can use it in our prayers. Many people are familiar with Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” These principles are incorporated in this prayer.

“In the authority Jesus gave me, I bind and cancel the plans of the enemy in                                    ‘s life, and loosen the good plans that God has for this precious child of God to come forth and unfold, in Jesus’ name. We know that God’s plans are for good, peace, and hope.”

See also Strategies for Overcoming Depression from Psalm 143 Part 1


Strategies for Overcoming Depression from Psalm 143 Part 1

 

Pausing to Look at the Sunset from Spanish Bay Resort, California

Pausing to Look at the Sunset from Spanish Bay Resort, California

In Psalm 143, King David outlines the strategy of the enemy for discouragement and despression. Then he describes the steps we can take to win in this battle of the mind.  Psalm 143:3-6 in the New American Standard Bible reads,

            “For the enemy has persecuted my soul;

            He has crushed my life to the ground;

            He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead

            Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;

            My heart is appalled within me.

            I remember the days of old;

            I meditate on all Thy doings

            I muse on the work of Thy hands

            I stretch out my hands to Thee

            My soul longs for Thee, as a parched land. [Selah]” (italics added)

 

The action verbs that describe the enemy to stir up our souls are persecuted, crushed and dwelling in dark places. Anyone who has walked on or near the path of depression knows what those days are like.  We feel overwhelmed and distressed (v.4).

Psalm 143 continues after verse 4. King David shares what his plan of action is. We remember the things God has done in the past. We mediate on the things he has done for us in the past. And we muse on the works of his hands (v.5). I purposely pause to consider a rose, or comprehend the stars of a night sky, or a sunset at the beach. These things give me a perspective larger than myself. Life gets better when I focus on how big God is. He’s bigger than my problems. He’s bigger than my family. He’s bigger than my company. He’s bigger than my state or country. I remember this, and then factor in his love. I take the time to meditate on his love and power told in scriptures.  I speak scriptural truths out loud.

“God loves me, flaws and all. God is for me, and not against me. God goes before me into every battle. He is with me through the floods and through the fire. He is my rear guard. I call upon Him and He answers me. God is with me in trouble. God will deliver me and honor me.” (See Romans 8:31, Psalm 56:9, Isaiah 43:2-4, Psalm 91:15, Jeremiah 31:3, 1 Samuel 17:47)

See Strategies for Overcoming Depression from Psalm 143 Part 2