Read: Psalm 42
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” (Psalms 42:5 KJV)
Psalm 42, says that sometimes Christians get depressed.
The Bible presents God’s people just the way they are: sometimes angry or confused, and sometimes bitter or depressed. According to 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah was so depressed that he asked God to let him die. And in our reading today the psalmist says, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?”
A brother’s wife died suddenly after a one-week illness, and when three years later one of his younger siblings was killed at age 24, he became very depressed. We may have met some Christians like this and also many Christians who, like the psalmist, were “downcast” and “disturbed.” It is not something to be ashamed of or to feel guilty about. When we become depressed, we have to do what the psalmist did: we have to hope in God. He provides the help we need through others whom he equips with gifts of counselling and understanding.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Be assured that God cares about how you feel. Ask him to open your eyes to the provisions he makes available.
Prayer: Lord, today we pray for all who suffer from depression and for those who try to minister to them. Help them to know there is hope. Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 44. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).