The Cure for Depression, Part 2


Psalm 77:7-9

Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again? Has His lovingkindness ceased forever? Has His promises come to an end forever? Has God forgotten to be gracious, or has He in anger, withdrawn His compassion? 

Asaph, who penned this Psalm, is in the pits. He is low; really low.  

Have you ever been there? I know that I have. 

 

What usually causes our depression? 

  • You look around and the world appears to be crumbling before your very eyes. You feel out of control.
  • You look inside yourself and are troubled with internal anxiety and fear. 
  • You look at the waves crashing over you; you’re alarmed at your helplessness; you feel deserted and alone. 

 

Depression is heightened when you ‘look’ around at the world and/or you ‘look’ within yourself. Where you set your eyes and what you focus upon, is a huge factor in your mental state of depression. This Psalm helps us cope with the overwhelming pain of depression.

 

Here’s two lessons to chew on: 

  1. It’s okay to feel down. This Psalm guides us to understand that our weariness of heart is normal. Don’t fake it; don’t suppress it; don’t deny it. 
  2. It’s okay to feel down, but don’t take it out on others. Instead, follow the pattern of this Psalm and cry out to God. Unload on HIM and not on others! Once you unload ‘your’ issues to God, you will then be ready to focus on your restoration. 

 

Look Up to the Most High! 

Asaph takes us down with him in his description of despair. But a huge change takes place in verse 10. The Psalmist recalls the right hand of the Most High. This is a descriptive phrase referring to the Power of God; the Most High! 

Despair sets in when we look around at the chaos of this world. Fear and anxiety are heightened when we look within ourselves and realize we are weak and lack control over our lives. But when we look UP!!! Look UP! Look UP! 

 

I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; surely, I will remember Your wonders of old. 

 

I will meditate on all Your work and muse on Your deeds. Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? 

 

You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples. You have, by Your power, redeemed Your people. Psalm 77:11-15 

 

Have you ever heard someone say, ‘He or She is a different person’? In this case, Asaph becomes a completely different person in the transition of verse 10. He goes from the pits of despair to the heights of hope. What happened? 

 

Raise Your Head and Raise Your Eyes! 

When you are down, really down, it’s hard sometimes to raise your head; to just look up. So, go ahead and unload on God. It’s Okay. God already knows how you feel so you may as well just speak it. Speak the pain out loud and let it go to God. Then raise your eyes to God!

 

Here’s a different Psalm that teaches the same principles. Psalms 30 says,  

 

O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.

 

Weeping may last for the night; but a shout of joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:2-5 

 

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing. Psalm 30:11 

 

By faith, as best you can, set your attention on God rather than the world around. By faith, as best you can, set your attention on God rather than your own troubled heart. Stop looking around you at the chaos. Stop looking inward at your fears and anxieties’.  Look up to God and recall His greatness; His power; His kindness and His love.  

 

Psalm 77:14-15

You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples. You have, by Your power, redeemed Your people. 

 

Father, we are weak and volatile. On the other hand, You are steady, consistent and always perfect. When we are weak, You are strong; when we are unfaithful, You remain faithful; when we waver, You remain steady. You are the rock of our salvation; my life and my joy are in You! The next time we are in despair, give us the faith to look up and set our eyes upon Jesus. Amen