Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Pit Of Depression

Reading from the Book of Psalm 40:1-3

 1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
   he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
   out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
   and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
   a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
   and put their trust in him.

When the Bible speaks of "the pit", we can think of the depths of depression.  The psalmist David often spoke of feeling as though he was going down into a pit and calling out to the Lord to rescue him and set his feet on solid, level ground.

Nobody wants to be in a pit of depression.  It is a terrible place to be.  When we are deeply depressed, we feel bad enough as it is.  Then the devil comes along to add to our misery by bringing thoughts of every negative thing imaginable.  He reminds us of every disappointing thing that has ever happened to us and tries to make us belive that nothing good will every take place in our lives.  His goal is to keep us so miserable and hopeless that we will never rise up to cause him any problems or to fulfill the call of God in our lives.

We must learn to resist descending into the pit of depression where we are at the mercy of the tormentor of our souls, who is determined to totally destroy us and our witness for Christ.  We must learn to cry out to God and allow Him to set our feet upon a rock and bring stability to our lives.

Cry out to the Lord in prayer and He will help you rise up out of "the pit".

1 comment:

Gods Modern Day Martyr said...

Thank you, Lord, that Your mercy and loving kindness extend to the skies and Your faithfulness to the clouds. Your rightousness is like the mountains and Your judgements are like the sea. I declare, God, that the fountain of life is with You. In Your light, I see light, and You will rise me out of the pit of darkness.