Sunday Strength

Sunday Strength: Overcoming Darkness of Depression

Depression.

We all have heard about it.

Likely, we have experienced it ourselves. Maybe, we haven’t been depressed ourselves, but have known someone who has.

Psalms: Anatomy of All Parts of the Soul

This Sunday Strength, I want to discuss depression. According to one source, the Bible has 1,189 chapters. They are not solely chapters found in an ordinary book, rather these are the places where we can hear from God. Think about how many words from God, that is.

 In the book of Psalms itself, it has a word count of…

Nearly 45,000.

Psalms is known as the book of “An Anatomy of all the Parts of the Soul” by John Calvin. John Calvin is a popular theologian, who spent much time gleaning from the Word of God. Calvin goes on to say:

“for there is not an emotion of which any one can be conscious that is not here represented as in a mirror. Or rather, the Holy Spirit has here drawn to the life all the griefs, sorrows, fears, doubts, hopes, cares, perplexities, in short, all the distracting emotions with which the minds of men are won’t to be agitated.”

Our Caring God

God cares for us. This is the truth learned from Psalm 34:18. In this small nugget of a verse, we learn that God cares for the broken. God cares for us, even when we feel the most broken and fragile. When we feel profoundly hurt by life and circumstances, God reveals He deeply cares for us.

His desire is not to leave us in this place, but to be our Refuge and yes – even our strength. He desires to save those who are “crushed in spirit.”

God’s Power

One of the most remarkable truths is – God isn’t afraid to step into our pit of darkness. When we are in despair, God isn’t afraid to step in. God longs to caress us, and be our strength! He longs to be our resting place, and to bring our hearts out of such a rocky place and place us on solid ground (see Psalm 40:2). He invites us to experience His magnificent power in our lives.

As we think about our own lives and swimming emotions that can make us feel as though we are drowning, I encourage each of us to read and meditate on this passages below.

“In the beginning God (Elohim) created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1, AMP).”

“The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out (Jn. 1:1-5, MSG).”

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell… (Col. 1:15-19, ESV)”

Designed to Overcome

 

I want to highlight one aspect of these words from God – our Creator. He is all-powerful. There is nothing we cannot overcome, when we have God on our side. I know the depression may be crushing you right now, but seek God. Scripture reminds us that “when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us (James 4:8a).”

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome [His light] (John 1:5, TNIV).”

Reflection –

How can you invite God into the hardest aspects of your life? Perhaps it is something other than depression, but you stand broken. Our brokenness is not too great for God to handle and enable us to overcome.

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