Psalm 51:10-13, “Create in me a clean heart O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not a way from Your presence; and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. And I will teach transgressors your ways; and sinners will be converted unto thee.”
Living a depressed life is living a defeated life. Depression is a killer. It builds up from very tiny thoughts of hopelessness and helplessness. Satan will from time to time want you to be depressed. And when you are depressed, you lose energy, and enthusiasm for living. Life becomes very meaningless and sometimes you may feel worthless and see no purpose for living. That why some people who have severe depression, in some cases, become suicidal. They take away their life. You may not consider doing that, but you equally could die from within suddenly or gradually. This may be evidenced by sudden disappearance of the joy of your salvation, and unwillingness to do anything or seek help. You may also be withdrawn from brethren and even stop going to church or stop reading and enjoying your fellowship with God in His word as you used to do. There may be a lot more changes in your behavior and lifestyle that depression will trigger.
Do you remember David? I mean the famous David mentioned in the Bible? What do you remember about him? Well most of us remember him as a giant killer. He slew Goliath, the giant that haunted Israel for so long and he became one of the most celebrated young warriors in Israel. He was strong and courageous. Above all, he trusted in the Lord. He overcame Goliath by the name of the Lord. And he had great victory where a whole nation had failed. He made Israel fly in the air. The experience left him feeling elated and buoyant. Victory surrounded him. He was full of confidence and hope for greater things in the future. He didn’t think that there was anything that could put him down, especially after slaying a giant. Dwarfs were nothing. David, perhaps, thought he could conquer anything. And, sure, he could. But that turned not to be the case. At one point, after being conquered by his own uncontrolled lust, which led him to have sex with Uriah’s wife, he was knocked down so hard by the spirit of guilt and depression, he could not get up. He tried to hide the sin and weakness but without success, He also tried to deny that he was degenerating and dying from the inside with fear, guilt and shame, but only made his situation worse. You see cover up and self-denial cannot change facts. Denial is a kin to defeat. And cover up and pretense can only take you so far. When the time is mature, whatever was denied and covered up will resurrect with such force and power, capable of ruining your life forever and separating you from God. David almost ruined himself forever, but he did what you and I need to do every time we feel like losing it. He cried out to God for help-for “with God, nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37).
Coming to God, in prayer, with a broken and contrite spirit, he cried and pleaded with God in Psalm 51: 10-13: Create in me a clean heart O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not a way from Your presence; and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. And I will teach transgressors your ways; and sinners will be converted unto thee.
Conquering something great in life does no guarantee victory over everything in life: but conquering everything in life, with God’s help does.
Anybody can fail or fall into deep pits, where you may be tempted to believe you will never get out. Well, I have news for you, if you fall deep into the pit of depression, or hopelessness because of any circumstance, get up! God has made provision for rising up. He understands that sometimes, we will feel awful and hurt badly. That is why He says, “A RIGHTEOUS MAN FALLS SEVEN TIMES, AND RISES UP AGAIN”. You too can rise up today. Blessings, Boaz