Wednesday, April 24, 2013

God’s medicine for sadness and depression

The Bible contains so much timely information. I read the Bible to understand how to handle life’s situations, how to be a better woman, a servant, a disciple, and a friend. I heard something the other day “the Bible is God’s medicine”.

As I thought about this, I realized how many hours I spend reading the Psalms, and how supportive and healing these words are. I am an introspective person; it is hard for me to see only one way, one solution, or one meaning of a word. I internalize the word of God, and apply it to situations in my life.

There are times when situations upset and confuse me. My heart races, I develop a headache, and I cannot think straight. This happened today in a work situation. I was involved with a person I don’t know well, and have learned is difficult to work with. The person approached me for my input into a situation. The person had done this once before, and then turned around and created a situation in which I was rebuked, purporting that I brought up the subject and wanted the particular solution.

I paused to pray, asking God why I had these reactions, and how was I to handle my reaction. God led me to Psalm 27 “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear”. As I read, I was reminded that God is in control of all situations, was always on my side, and always looking out for my best.

Psalm 27 contains my favorite passage. “What would have become of me if I had not believed I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living?” What a beacon of hope.

For those who battle panic, depression, and sorrow, read the Psalms every day. David was an introspective man, sometimes sad, maybe depressed, but he wrote “why are you downcast, oh my soul?” He reminded himself that the Lord is mighty, worthy, and always a shelter filled with wisdom.