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


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