A Psalm for the Dark Days of Depression

Your Life Matters

Sometimes, choosing to live and take on another day is the hardest thing you can do, and you CAN do it! And when those mornings come along in which you can barely put one foot in front of the other, remember the words of King David, penned no doubt in a season of darkness…

LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint;
heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, LORD, how long?

Turn, LORD, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?

I am worn out from my groaning.

All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the LORD has heard my weeping.
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Psalm 6:1-10 NIV

And then remember these essential truths:

  • You’re not the first or the only to feel this way. You’re in good company – even one of Israel’s mightiest Kings felt what you’re feeling.
  • You’re not alone. God is close to the broken-hearted always, and he will never leave you nor forsake you.
  • The day is coming. That glorious day when you redemption is complete by the return of the good King Jesus.
  • Your life always, always matters. Every time you breathe another breath, your very life shows the world something about your Creator.

God hears your cry for mercy. And he offers a peace that passes all understanding to any willing to humbly trust him.