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Depression is not something that magically disappears when you slap a band-aid on it. Sometimes the last thing you want to hear is another Bible verse or an encouraging word from someone who has not walked in your shoes. We all have moments when we need someone to grab our hand and help pull us up out of the depths of despair. It’s the moments when we cannot even reach back for the extended hand that is hardest to get through. No matter what you are facing today or tomorrow, or what you went through yesterday, there is hope for you. Psalms put words to the hardest seasons of life when it’s hard to find words to pray.
I’ve been there in the dark season of depression. I know what it’s like to wonder if this thick cloud that seems to surround me will ever lift. I’ve sat in the waiting rooms, read the articles, and attempted to talk about the moments that made me question if I was ever going to be ok again.
There are a few Psalms that helped me through some of the darkest moments, and I want to share them with you. The Psalmist conveys my feelings in ways I could never verbalize on my own. I have prayed these Psalms many times while asking God to deliver me from the struggle at hand. Every time I read them, I am reminded again of how amazing and alive God’s Word is. While I love the entire chapter of each of these Psalms, I included the highlights that speak directly to my heart. For more in-depth study, read the whole chapter.
If you are encouraged by one of these, it’s your turn to hold out your hand to a friend and pull her up. Be an encourager and pass this on!
A Psalm for the fearful heart
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall, I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Psalm 27:1,14
Fear is gripping. It’s the feeling that starts small but grows and seems to take us down faster than we want to go. But God gives us big truths to cling to from this psalm. He is our light! He is our strength! When fear grips us, we know where to go to find light in the dark and strength when we feel depleted. It’s not that we immediately jump for joy and have miraculous physical power, but remember where the light comes from, helps lead us in the right direction when we are in the depths of the dark.
A Psalm for the waiting heart
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-3
Seasons of depression go by slower than other seasons of life. The days linger and the nights seem never to end. But the psalmist here reminds us that God pulls us up out of that terrible place and gives us steady ground to stand on. When we feel like the night will never end, this gives us fresh hope to rise with a new song for a new day.
A Psalm for the discouraged heart
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation, and my God.” Psalm 43:5
The question why is one that is hard to answer in seasons of depression. Sometimes there is no right answer. But we can always find a solution for where to find hope. This psalm spells it out for us and walks us toward God with praise and thanks for salvation.
A Psalm for the grieving heart
“I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes. Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping. The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.” Psalm 6:6-9
Grief changes us. It forces us to stop and acknowledge the pain of the world around us. Loss ushers us into an emotional cycle that we can try to ignore only to be hit harder when the next wave of grief overcomes us. Tears are not a sign of weakness, and they prove a person is letting him or herself come face to face with something difficult. The hope we hold is that God hears the cries of His children and He gives us words to help express the deep ache of a heart in grief.
A Psalm for the overwhelmed heart
“God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains are moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:1-3,10
Life is paralyzing when struggles surround us. There is no shame in being still, and this psalm gives us the very tangible value to slowing down the soul and letting the season of struggle be a gift rather than a curse. Being still and allowing God into the depths of the overwhelm is perhaps a key to finding the help we need to make it through another day.
A Psalm for the terrified heart
“Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me; my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” Psalm 56:1-4
Life is complicated when people let us down or hurt us on purpose. But there is one person who is always steady, faithful, and true. If you are worried about what might happen next or afraid of what people will do or say, know that God is gracious, merciful, loving, and kind. He wants to hear you pray the words of the psalms.
A Psalm for the desperate heart
“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth, I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:1-2
Walking through depression isn’t something I want to do, but I am thankful for the season when my heart is faint because I experience God’s presence like never before. These Psalms give me prayers to pray when I have no words. Wounds of life run deep, and sometimes, my mind is filled with fear and despair.
No matter what you are going through or how hard life may be, speak these simple psalms to the Lord today and let Him meet you right where you are. May God bless you and begin to give you a glimpse of hope.
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Love, Ronnie and Christie Bruce
Do It Again is a song of hope breaking through into the hopeless; of joy breaking through into disappointment. How does this anthemic worship song suggest that we break out of the depths of despair? By remembering what God has done before:
I’ve seen You move, You move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
We have all faced mountains and overcome. Deuteronomy 31:8 declares that God ‘will not leave you nor forsake you’. By remembering what we have overcome with Jesus on our side our faith is stirred & our courage is strengthened as we face the challenges ahead.
‘God has delivered us from such deadly peril, and he will deliver us again’ (2 Corinthians 1:10).
In this Scripture Paul is sending the same message as this song, that is:
If He has done it once, He can do it again
With this declaration ringing in our ears we can boldly make the declaration at the end of the song:
You never failed me yet
I never will forget
You never failed me yet
And I never will forget
When we see the glory of God break through into the darkest parts of our lives, we cannot let ourselves forget about it. When Jesus answers our prayers, when He reaches out His hand to pull us to safety, we must remember what He has done.
Be sure to check out the song below. Spend some time reflecting on the lyrics and remember that if God has done it once, He can do it again.
Hey sweet friends, I know it has been a while on us posting on Doing Life Together. Here is an inspirational video letting you know why we have been out for a while.
This devotion is a lot longer than we ever post, but I can assure you it is well worth the read. It is a true story that happened this week. So please take your time to read it, I know you will be touched and blessed beyond belief.
I have been waiting for a few days to cool off before I posted this. I have been praying about all who were involved and how to let God handle it and not me. This is truly the hardest thing to turn over to God and lay at His feet, because I am human. I will not go into the whole story but will share enough where you get the jest of it. Since when did human beings become just a label, like drunk, drug addict or freak, hopeless, or any of the other labels that people put on other people?” I truly witnessed this Monday July 3rd 2017.
I was off work Monday and Tuesday for the 4th of July holiday. I go in Wednesday morning and my boss tells me to come and watch the security camera video as to what happened Monday July 3rd. He said “Christie you are not going to believe all this” little did I know what I was fixing to see. My boss, and his parents, were at our showroom working and they decided to go and get a bite to eat. While they were gone, we had a “man” that was extremely intoxicated walking around the building of our show room. He was tilting up his bottle of vodka as we watched on the camera and he could not hardly stand up.
As he walked around the parking lot to the front of our showroom, he tried to get in my boss’s truck pulling on the handle and trying to key in numbers on the pad. When he was unsuccessful, he walked up on our door step which is made of stone and has 3 or 4 stairs going up to the door. The “man” was so intoxicated he fell backwards off the steps hitting his back hard enough that he flew into the parking lot and hit his head really bad on the pavement. The “man” laid in our parking lot for 15 minutes before he was able to try to stand back up. All the while the people at the BBQ place right next door to our business was standing in their window which faces our parking lot watching, not doing a thing to help him. They never called 911 or nothing just stood there in the window, waiting on customers, and watched.
Continuing to watch the video, the “man” finally stands up again and comes back up on our porch trying once again to get into our building. He was bleeding pretty bad at this point. Once again when he could not get in, he turned to go off the porch and fell again down the stairs and there he laid at the bottom of the stairs. It is now around 6:00 P.M. My boss and his parents return back from eating, to find this sad bloody “man” at the foot of the steps. Once again, the BBQ owner and employees watched and did nothing. When my boss got out of the car the first thing he did was run up to the man and talked to him, and immediately got down on both knees and asked the “man” if he could pray with him.
My boss and his father kept talking to the man while his mom went in to call 911. They told her they were busy and would get there when they could. I guess because he had been drinking he was not high priority, labeled a “drunk” forgetting he was a human being. As my boss and his father were talking to him, he told them he had just lost his wife and was really having major problems. They helped the man stand up and were helping him to walk to our outdoor patio where there is a bench to wait on the paramedics. Halfway across the parking lot, the “man” asked my bosses father if he could give him a hug, he said of course and embraced the “man.”
He made it to our porch and my boss and his father went in to check the security camera to see what had gone on prior to them getting back from eating. They were speechless to see what had taken place hours before. My boss and his father were going back out to be with the “man,” and as they were going out the door his mother screams “he is falling hurry.” Once again, the BBQ owner and employees looking on and still doing nothing to help. As they ran to the “man” he lost control and fell off backwards on our stone patio hitting his head for the third time on a huge boulder where he split his head wide open. As I watched him lay lifeless on that boulder it took my breath away, and were no words to even say.
There happened to be a doctor in line at the BBQ place and he came running over along with a nurse that too was in the parking lot also. Finally, 45 minutes maybe more, the police decided to show up, along with the paramedics. I watched the video as they took the man away on a stretcher and never knew how much this stranger would affect me. How could so many people look on and do absolutely nothing? My boss did go talk to the owner at the BBQ place which I am guessing did not go well. The owner of the BBQ place told him the “drunk” had come on his property at 4:30 P.M. Why he did not call 911 at 4:30 I will never understand. If he would have, the “man” would have never fallen 3 times.
I understand people do not want to take a chance these days on issues like this, but picking up a phone and calling for help would have been the humane thing to do because minutes could have changed the outcome. You notice I call him a MAN because he too is a child of God who had a very bad problem. We don’t know if this “man” lived or died, and it has bothered me something terrible. I hope this “mans” story will make you think about what to do next time you see something like this. God loves that man just as much as He does all of us. I pray for this “man” every day, and would love to know what happened to him, but needless to say, I will probably never know.
Please never discard a human life to this extent, he was someone’s son, father, or brother and I cannot even imagine someone treating my family in this kind of manner. I have to forgive which I am not to that point yet. I need to forgive the employees at the BBQ place, the onlookers, and the police for taking so long to respond after his mother telling them he was severally injured. Why did this turn out the way it did, because the “man” had a label, he was called a “drunk.” When the police took out his license he too had a name, and it was Michael. Continue to lift this man up and his family and just pray he gets some help for his issues, and for others to treat him as a human, not a label, if he did survive.
I want to say to my boss and his parents, you may have been the only prayer this “man” ever heard, and the only Jesus he has ever seen. Or, maybe it was the first time someone cared enough to get down on both knees in the rain and pray for him. It may have been the only time someone cared enough to embrace this man, letting him know someone cared. I am truly blessed and do not take it for granted to work for the greatest family I have ever known. The Lord saw what you did and trust me, you are going to have a huge crown waiting on you in heaven, and hopefully tons of blessings here on earth.
Doing Life Together,
Ronnie and Christie