Psalms 42:5a NKJV “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?”
The Webster’s dictionary defines depression as (1) : a state of feeling sad (2) : a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty with thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal thoughts or an attempt to commit suicide. The Bible doesn’t use the word “depression”, but it talks about the symptoms that point to the state of being depressed using words like, heaviness, grief, downcast soul etc.
Without delving too deep into the topic of depression, there are basically three types: physical depression, biological depression, and situational (or reactive) depression. The first is the body’s defense mechanism to force you to rest and not be concerned about the outside world once it gets fatigued. With enough rest, this is usually taken care of. Biological depression is a result of chemical imbalances, and there are prescription drugs that deal with this easily. About a third of the depression people deal with fall into the first two categories.
The reactive or situational depression is associated with painful emotional experiences, loss and grief. The root cause must be discovered and dealt with properly. Most times, drugs are ineffective in treating this type. Ideally, every case of depression must be evaluated by a psychologist first to determine if it is a chemical imbalance for referral to a psychiatrist or a result of an experience that needs counseling. Sometimes situational depression that persists for long without being properly dealt with can eventually lead to a chemical imbalance in the brain. In which case both counseling and medication will be required to treat the condition.
Whatever the situation may be the cause of the depression, the very first thing that I want you to know that there is hope. God’s Word provides hope for us in every situation of life. Also God’s Word is supernatural and is capable of turning around the situation, either miraculously or by guiding us and helping us in overcoming the depression. The purpose of this devotional is to get you thinking about your life, and the loved ones around you. Should there be a symptom of depression, know there is hope! In the b part of Psalm 42:5, David says, “Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance”. His first response was to hope and praise God. Your life is not hopeless, and I would like you to praise God for that truth.
Scriptures to Meditate: 2 Sam. 22:29, Eccl. 9:4, Ps. 27:14; 55:22, Prov. 12:25, Deut. 31:8