Depression: Low spirits or vitality. Depress: To lower the spirits of; make gloomy; sadden. To lessen in vigor, force or energy.
Devotion for Depression
There is a young woman living in an apartment in any town USA. She awakens morning after morning to the sound of her alarm . . . it’s her baby crying. With her eyes half shut, she drags herself out of bed, and like a robot, she makes her way to the kitchen. It only takes a minute to warm the bottle of milk. She shuffles back down the hallway to her bedroom, where her crying son waits. She changes his wet diaper, which doesn’t stop the crying. She then scoops her little one up and cradles him in her arms. She makes her way to the rocking chair and hardly notices him as he eagerly begins to drink the bottle down. Normally, the sweet sounds of her son would bring a smile to her face, but this morning is different. She can’t put her finger on anything specific; it’s just a heavy feeling that won’t leave. She stares blankly at the wall as she sits rocking her son. Today she is acutely aware of her needs. Her boyfriend left them three months ago, she still hasn’t found a job, the rent’s due in a week and her friends and family are thousands of miles away. As she puts her son back in his crib, she can’t shake the overwhelming heaviness and loneliness of her life. Today it’s too much to bear and she begins to cry . . .
We have all had days when we get the blues. Maybe it’s just a dreary day or your really missing a loved one who has passed on. The blues for a day or two is perfectly normal. However, depression is like a deep dark hole, which is nearly impossible to escape by ones’ self. If the young woman in our story isn’t careful, she will fall into the trap of depression. I say trap, because the devil is roaming around as a lion seeking someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). Depression is a trap that catches many people. If you know someone who seems to become depressed easily, you know how helpless it can make you feel. Nothing you say or do can bring a smile to their face or lighten their spirits. What can bring light again to the person surrounded by the cold and lifeless darkness of depression?
Walking into a dark room can be unsettling. As you stumble around, you can quickly become disoriented and unsure of your footsteps. However, the minute you light a candle, you feel an immediate sense of calm. The warm glow of the light seems to surround you like a warm blanket as your eyes begin to focus on the familiar surroundings. The beauty and truth of light is this: The moment darkness is illuminated by the light it must flee. Where there is light, darkness cannot possibly exist, they are complete opposites.
Jesus is known by many names, but he is also known as the light of the world. A soul that is shrouded in darkness and depression needs the entrance of light desperately. If you find yourself discouraged and cuddling up to depression, don’t take the bait. Once you give in to depression, you may actually find it somewhat comforting, but it will be nearly impossible to leave behind. Please seek the light of the world (Jesus), God and his word. Pray and read the bible until the warmth of his light replaces the cold darkness of depression. Seek him until you find an answer; pray until you find peace; praise him until you are set free! May the light of this world replace your depression with hope and joy in abundance.
If you know someone who is battling with depression, the best thing you can do for them is to pray and urge them to seek help. It may be that their depression is actually the result of a physical problem. If they won’t seek help, please don’t leave them to their own devices. You can speak words of life and encouragement to them or allow Satan to whisper his lies to them. Spend time with them, encourage others to become involved. A person left in the darkness of depression, sees no way out. May God bless you with wisdom, patience and love as you gently lead them and encourage them to seek the precious face of Jesus, who is the redeemer of us all.
Psalm 42:7, 9, 11
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” “Why are you downcast, O my soul” Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
II Samuel 22:29
You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
II Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.