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The Depressed Soul’s Cry to God | Biblical Counseling Coalition

There are times I am in the dumps. It happens. It is not always pretty but it is true.

  • God gives me a way out.
  • Jesus challenges me to go through everything God has done.
  • In fact, I should rehearse His promises and the love He shows to me.
  • I should pray and be thankful for God’s mercies.

God’s way is not my way. God loves me in ways I cannot imagine.

God has made promises. God will not break them.

My soul is cast down within me; therefore, I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Psalm 42:6–8

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There are some things that those who suffer from depression can do to alleviate their anxiety. They should make sure that they are staying in the Word, even when they do not feel like it. Emotions can lead us astray, but God’s Word stands firm and unchanging.

We must keep strong faith in God and hold even more tightly to Him when we undergo trials and temptations. The Bible tells us that God will never allow temptations into our lives that are too much for us to handle.

Although being depressed is not a sin, one is still accountable for the response to the affliction. “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name” (Hebrews 13:15).

  • Philippians 4:6–7 (ESV) —do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 139:23 (ESV) — Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

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