II SAMUEL 22:1 "And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: 2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; 6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me; 7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. 17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; 18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. 19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. 20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
If you haven't read Who Is Your Comforter, I hope you will do so. In that devotion, we talked about David being down and depressed because of the sickness and finally the death of his infant son. David had a lot of sorrow in his life. His children were a constant disappointment to him and he had to run from King Saul, a man he had looked up to and the father of his best friend, for many years as the king sought to kill him. Later on, as his children grew up, one of his own sons sought to kill him. What a lot of darkness and grief. Yet he knew where to go for comfort and help. In the prayer he penned above he says, "the LORD will lighten my darkness." He knew if he called on the Lord, he would be safe from his enemies. In this and all other things, David praised the Lord. That is one of the greatest keys to beating depression: Praising The Lord! If you are singing a song of praise to God, it is hard to be depressed. Remember what Paul and Silas were doing in Acts chapter 16 while they sat in the dungeon? "And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:" They prayed and they sang praises. If you are depressed, please try this cure! It has been proven to work over and over. And if you are not depressed, there is still reason to sing praises to God. It will keep you from becoming depressed! I like to sing gospel songs while I am driving. One day as I was taking my 18 month old granddaughter to the doctor, I started singing. I looked over at her and she was swaying back and forth in her carseat with the sweetest smile on her face, and she didn't even know what the words meant! Singing just makes you happy! (Or maybe she was laughing at my singing!) The next time it seems you are stuck in a dungeon and the clock is striking midnight at every hour, try praying and singing praises to God. You will be surprised to see your prison doors fly open!
I Kings 19:1 "And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. 3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
Elijah thought Jezebel was going to kill him and he also thought he was the only one left who was serving God. He went a days journey into the wilderness and sat down under a tree and wished to die. Then he wound up going 40 more days and nights into the wilderness and sitting down in a dark cave. Have you ever felt like you were in a cave? A dark place that you couldn't get yourself out of? God wants you on top of the mountain! He is calling you to come out into the light. Sometimes the thoughts the devil puts in our heads are so loud we can't hear the still, small voice of God calling us. He told Elijah to go to the top of the mountain and He spoke to him there in a still, small voice. We listen to God's voice by reading our bible. The bible tells me that God wants us to walk in the light! Oh,I know that the bible is talking about the light that comes from God's word, but sunlight is also a great help to those who are depressed. I watched a special on the news the other night about depressed people being deprived of sunlight. They experimented with a large group of people in the work place. The ones who had more light were the most productive and happy. Even artificial light was better than no light at all. Then some doctors took patients who were depressed and had them spend so many hours a day outdoors. Most of them were able to eventually stop taking their medication. Sometimes, on a stormy day when I'm feeling bad, I'll turn on all the lights in the house and play some Christian music. It really helps lift my mood! If you can't climb to the top of a mountain, get up and get outdoors and then sing praises to God for the beautiful day and the sunlight. You will feel so much better!
"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation."
II SAMUEL 22:29
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