“For the enemy has persecuted me, He has crushed my life down to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have been long dead. Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness]; My heart grows numb within me. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands. I reach out my hands to You; My throat thirsts for You, as a parched land [thirsts for water]. Selah.” Psalms 143:3-6 AMP
David acknowledge that he was overwhelmed, weak, and numb. Other versions say he was overcome with dismay, losing all hope, in despair, faint, wrapped in gloom, despondent, depressed, distressed, and ready to give up.
I’ve felt that....have you?
But what did he do to combat those very real and difficult emotions?
He remembered, meditated and pondered. He thought back to how God had been faithful in the past. He thought deeply and carefully on all God had done, chewing it around as a cow chews cud. He pondered, the work of God’s hands rather than allowing the pain to shut his mind off in defeat.
After David remembered, meditated, and pondered, he reached his hands out to God. When he was ready to give up, he was stirred to prayer because he chose to do the often hard, yet so important, discipline of turning our minds to God when our feelings of dismay are overwhelming. Spurgeon said, “Memory, meditation, and musing are here set together as the three graces, ministering grace to a mind depressed and likely to be diseased.”
We can do this too. The resurrection power that lives in us as children of God can give us the ability to look back, around, and up at God even when depression rages. Like a helpless baby reaches out their arms to their parent, so can we reach out our arms and hearts to our Father who loves us perfectly and delights in rescuing us.
It’s going to be ok, sweet friends. There is hope