Freedom from Depression
by Mary Beth Singleterry
In the Bible, the psalmist David states, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me … Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.” (Psalm 51: 10, 12)
At one time I suffered from severe depression and these verses helped me. The idea of “restore” means to bring back to its original state — your original state and only state is one of joy! Depression is no part of God’s child; and whenever anyone feels depressed, it is important to realize this statement of truth — depression is entirely abnormal and has nothing to do with God’s beloved child, but it’s a deceiving imposter never to be accepted as real or true.
So through my seeming darkness, this verse enabled me to gain glimpses of the Light, and I began to fight for my joy and to know it comes to me from God and it is not dependent on any outward circumstances. Joy is dependent only on your relationship with God and He is your loving Father. Therefore if there ever is anything depressing you, holding you down in some way — you have the God-given right to find your freedom from it. As the second part of that verse states, “uphold me with Thy free spirit.” The dictionary definition of “uphold” means “to lift on high; to keep from falling; to keep from being lost.” This is what God does for us when we reach out to Him! In my own experience, by humbly turning to God, I found my joy in Him. The depression lifted and has never returned.
I am so grateful for this. In a world where depression seems to be so prevalent, and many turn to drugs, alcohol, etc. searching for relief, it is comforting to know that in God we can find a perfect and permanent answer.
Hear these words from Christ Jesus: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy might be full … and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” (John)