How to Beat Depression

Psalm 103:1–5

Of David.

[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
[2] Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
[3] who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
[4] who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
[5] who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (ESV)

In this time of pandemic, we often get depressed. When we feel a little sick or when we start coughing we immediately worry whether or not we’ve been infected by the corona virus. Others are depressed because they’ve actually been infected or they’re going through hard times financially because of the pandemic. Whatever it is that’s depressing us, there are some practical steps from Psalm 103 that can help us encourage ourselves in the Lord.

1. TALK TO YOURSELF.

Note that David is talking to himself, preaching to himself! Sometimes we allow our negative thoughts to carry us away, instead of fighting them by forcibly reminding ourselves of God’s goodness and faithfulness. So get a hold of yourself and talk yourself out of your depression!

Psalm 43:5

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. (ESV)

2. TAKE YOUR MIND OFF YOURSELF AND FOCUS ON GOD’S GREATNESS AND GOD’S GOODNESS (Psalm 73:1-3, 16-17, 21-28).

When we focus on ourselves and on our troubles, our troubles become mountains in our sight and we then feel overwhelmed. But when we remember God we regain the proper perspective toward our troubles: they are but anthills compared to the mountain that is God! That’s what happened to Asaph. He was troubled by the prosperity of the wicked until he went to the sanctuary of God and regained the proper perspective towards his troubles.

Psalm 73:1–3, 16-17

A Psalm of Asaph.

[1] Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
[2] But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
[3] For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 
[16] But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
[17] until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end. (ESV)

3. TAKE YOUR MIND OFF YOUR TROUBLES AND FOCUS ON YOUR BLESSINGS (see 2 Cor. 4:17; Romans 8:18).

There’s a song that says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings and see what God has done.” What ever our troubles maybe, they are nothing compared to the blessings God has poured into our lives!

  • Forgiveness of sins (Mark 2:5).
  • Healing (1 Cor. 15:53).
  • Redemption (Psalm 91:11-12). For all we know we might have already met an accident had not God preserved our lives. And even harm can do us no harm. Even if God were to allow a plague to touch us, it can do us no lasting harm (Matt. 10:28).
  • Love and dignity (1 John 3:1; Lamentations 3:22, 23).
  • Satisfaction (James 1:17; Psalm 84:11; Proverbs 10:22).
  • Renewal (Isa. 40:31; 1 John 5:11).

So, instead of wallowing in depression, get up and start blessing the Lord!

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