Battling Depression


     Some difficulties in life may go away without a fight.  Depression, however, is not one of them.  Psalms 42 and 43 indicate that the dark foe called depression attacked David and sought to overwhelm and destroy him and his faith using three tidal waves of attack.  To be victorious, David had to tenaciously battle depression in intense hand-to-hand combat.

     Like a war of wills with a two-year old, David had to fight this ugly spiritual monster whenever it decided it wanted to rumble.  He did not get to decide when or how often, he simply had to git-er-dun.

     David’s questions of “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?” never were really answered.  Like Job, David received very little divine response when he repeatedly asked “WHY?!”

     Depression is a dogged foe.  It viciously attacks immortal beings living in a finite and fallen world.  It is one of the battle fronts of this spiritual war we call life.  Wishful thinking and self-pity do not make it go away.

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Author: jchowning

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