In my daily reading of the Psalms, I came across this chapter, which falls in line with chapters 42 & 43 ... the topic of depression.
Watch how the first nine verses record the lament of the author as he struggles to maintain control of his emotions.
And then, in verse 10, there is a shift as he forces his mind to focus on the wonderful works of the Lord, remembering the many times God upheld him in the midst of trials. He turns his face back to the Lord - where it belongs - and begins to find the peace and contentment he longs for. His circumstances may not change, he may be in the depths of despair again tomorrow, but for now? He is guarding his mind ... taking his thoughts captive ... and choosing to focus on the goodness of His God rather than the emotions of his heart.
I cry aloud to God,
aloud to God, and He will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
my soul refuses to be comforted.
When I remember God, I moan;
when I meditate, my spirit faints.
You hold my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old,
the years long ago.
I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
let me meditate in my heart.”
Then my spirit made a diligent search:
“Will the Lord spurn forever,
and never again be favorable?
Has His steadfast love forever ceased?
Are His promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has He in anger shut up His compassion?”
Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will ponder all Your work,
and meditate on Your mighty 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 might among the peoples.
You with Your arm redeemed Your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
Isn't that an amazing change in perspective? In the same prayer the author moves from despondency to praise. Why? Because our God is that powerful - and He can change the hearts and minds of men in a moment. The question is - will we let Him? WIll we trust Him? Will we surrender ALL?
And then - as I read through I Corinthians, this verse jumped off the page and held my attention for days:
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge — even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you — so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:4-9
Do you see the promise?? God WILL sustain us! He is capable, able, and WILLING to hold us up when we are weak. And He will not let us go.
Lord, thank You that You are bigger than any of our problems. Thank You that You care about our problems. And thank You most of all, that no matter what storm might be raging around us, You have the power to say, "Be still," - and - You have the strength to keep us standing firm as the wind and waves smash against us. You ARE our rock, Lord, and YOU are never moved.