Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
A Heavy Heart
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. What do you do when you are depressed? Proverbs 12:25 tells us, "
Grace to you.
in the heart of man
maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad" (bold added). The New King James translates it as thus: "Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad."
It is important that we give good words to one another and to our children. Another thing that helps depression is music. Samuel tells us about Saul and the evil spirit which afflicted him: "And it hath come to pass, in the spirit of [sadness from] God being on Saul, that David hath taken the harp, and played with his hand, and Saul hath refreshment and gladness, and the spirit of sadness hath turned aside from him" (1 Samuel 16:23, Young's Literal Translation). My daughter understood this. She was teaching herself to play the piano and practiced playing hymns. Those hymns lifted her up (and the rest of us also). Some of the hymns we have been singing have been carrying me as well. What sort of music do you suppose David played?
The Psalmist declares, "My soul melteth for
: strengthen thou me according
unto thy word" (Psalm 119:28; bold added). The Word of God can be great comfort to us in times of depression. My wife has found great comfort in the Psalms during the suffering she has gone through.
Finally, Paul tells us, "Be
for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7; bold added). Numbering our requests before God allows Him to grant us peace. Prayer first of all changes our own hearts.
Well, I hope this is a good word to make your hearts glad.
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New King James Version
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