Psalm 43:5 (NIV) Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Sometimes we can experience depression resulting from a seemingly impossible situation is related to a wrong concept of God. David wrote: “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:1, 2 NIV). Had God really forgotten David? Was the Lord actually hiding from David? I don’t think so; what do you think? David had a wrong view of God, feeling that God had abandoned him to the enemy. David believed erroneously about God and we can at times believe wrong God! And consequently we see David lose his focus in this passage.
His situation seemed hopeless, and hopelessness is the basis for all depression. But the remarkable thing about David is that he didn’t stay in the dumps. He evaluated his situation and realized, “Hey, I’m a child of God. I’m going to focus on what I know about Him, not on my negative feelings.” From the pit of his depression, he wrote: “I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation” (Psalm 13:5 NIV). I am learning everyday how to pick myself up from losing my focus on God!
Then David decided to make a positive expression of his will: “I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me” (verse 6). He willfully moved away from his wrong concept and its accompanying depression and returned to the source of his hope.
If Satan can destroy your belief in God, you will lose your source of hope. But with God, all things are possible. He is the source of all hope. You need to learn to respond to hopeless-appearing situations as David did: “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, the help of my countenance, and my God” (Psalm 43:5).
Prayer: Above all, Father, help me focus continually on who You are and who we are in You, and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Amen, Amen!
For His Kingdom,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.