November 13, 2008
The other day I was reading and meditating on Psalm 77 and realized I needed to spend some time there. After going back to it for several days, and using several translations, here are some of the things the Lord showed me.
“I yell out to my God, I yell with all my might, I yell at the top of my lungs. He listens.
“I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord; my life was an open wound that wouldn’t heal. When friends said, ‘Everything will turn out all right,’ I didn’t believe a word they said. ” (The Message Bible)
The psalmist started in a deep depression – he cried all night and refused to be comforted. Isn’t that just what we do when we’re in the middle of a depression? We don’t listen when friends try to help. Too many times we don’t even listen to the very things that will help us even when we say we want help. The Amplified Version says in verse 2 “…in the night my hand is stretched out in prayer without slacking up; I refuse to be comforted,”
“I remember God – and shake my head. I bow my head – then I wring my hands. I’m awake all night – not a wink of sleep. I can’t even say what’s bothering me. I go over the days one by one. I ponder the years gone by. I strum my lute all through the night, wondering how to get my life together.” (The Message Bible)
Even when he remembers God, he feels overwhelmed. Do we not experience that at times? Our emotions so overwhelm us that we can’t even explain what we’re feeling or why. All we know is our pain, our distress, or our worry.
“Will the Lord walk off and leave us for good? Will he never smile again? Is his love worn threadbare? His his salvation promise burned out? Has God forgotten his manners? Has he angrily stalked off and left us? ‘Just my luck,’ I say, ‘The HIgh God goes out of business just the moment I need him.'” (The Message Bible)
The next step downward. We begin to question and even blame God for our problems. I’ve heard myself say “yes Lord I know you did these things in the past, but what have you done for me lately?” When we’re depressed or stressed about a situation, we lose sight of the larger picture. We allow doubt and unbelief to to take hold of our emotions.
“Once again I’ll go over what God had done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders, I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished and give a long, loving look at your acts.” (The Message Bible)
W must not allow that doubt to take root. We must continue to “remember” God and His past goodness to us. Remember the promises of His Written Word. Remember He sent Jesus to the cross for us. Remember He promised to never leave us and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
“Oh God! Your way is holy! No god is great like God! You’re the God who makes things happen; you showed everyone what you can do – You pulled your people out of the worst kind of trouble, rescued the children of Jacob and Joseph” (The Message Bible)
Here is the psalmist’s turning point – he began to praise God after reminding himself of God’s greatness. Even when we least feel it, if we will begin to praise God just for who He is if no other reason, we will reach that turning point where we can say with our whole heart “There is no god like our God!”
Because of the times we live in, I feel compelled to dedicated an entire page to the subject of depression, walking through the valley, and on and on I could go. There won’t be daily posts here, but it will be updated as I gain insight.
Blessings and Peace to you all.