The Big "D"... Depression (Psalm 42-43)
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The Big "D"... Depression
Depression is looked down upon and not talked about very often in Christian circles. We have the joy of the Lord and He gives us peace and understanding, so shouldn't Christians be a happy bunch of people who always have smiles on their faces?
Psalm 42 and 43 were probably originally written as one song, and later became separated.
To the Choirmaster - intended for corporate worship
Maskil - a contemplative or teaching/instructing song. Engages the mind and emotions.
- This song, written for a corporate worship setting, discusses a very dark and difficult time in someone's life. You're not a freak if you're depressed or you're not feeling the joy of the Lord - it's normal and you're not alone.
- The true need is for God; not for the circumstances to improve. (Psalm 42:1-2)
- It's okay to be real and honest, both with God and with the congregation. (Psalm 42:3, 7, 10)
- Remember corporate worship to God. (Psalm 42:4, 6)
- No one should preach to you more than yourself! (Psalm 42:5, 11, 43:5)
- Pray! (Psalm 42:8-9, 43:1-4)
Not playing the "if only..." game; the problem is that even if we get what we want, there is another "if only..." to long for.
Deep - drowning
Waves - piling up, one on top of another
If it is just about us as individuals, there is no point in us meeting together. Surrounded by others who love God. It's about glorifying God, side-by-side with fellow believers.
Cast down - thrown down, bent over, exhausted
Turmoil - enraged, murmuring, growling, tension building up
Hope - wait on God
Again - still
Have you realized that most of your unhappiness is because you are listening to yourself rather than talking to yourself?.... - Dr. Martin Loyd Jones "Spiritual Depression"
Rock - a hiding place or stronghold that is safe from enemies
The deceitful and unjust man from whom we need deliverance is often the face looking back at us in the mirror.