Thursday, June 9, 2011

Spiritual Prozac

Yesterday, I wrote about having a perspective of God & seeking God when I tend to worry. Today, I wanted to share just a few verses that I tend to gravitate towards when I am feeling down and depressed. I am not trying to make light of depression. There are some who will always fight it. What I want to say is that we can and should seek the One who made us when we are feeling depressed. And we can and should seek Him in His Word. Simply meditating and reading the Scriptures can bring joy to the heart. Here are a few examples:
"You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)
"Make me to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit." (Psalm 51:8-12)
"Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted." (Isaiah 49:13)
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-2)
There are hundreds more that I could share. But the most important part is this: when I am feeling down, there is nothing better I can do than to get alone with my Bible to read and pray. Is that what you do? What are some of your favorite verses or passages to read when you are feeling depressed?

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