Depression and the Holidays – Psalm 42

If this is a hard time of year for you, there’s a hope-filled message in Psalm 42. You are not alone in your struggles. The psalmist writes with descriptions of depression; inner turmoil, crying night and day, bewilderment, waves of sorrow, feelings of abandonment and rejection.

“My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, ‘Where is your God?’ These things I remember as I pour out my soul…” (Psalm 42:3 ESV).

The writer questions, and yet resolves his anguish by admonishing himself to “hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (verse 5 and repeated in verse 11).

I appreciate that he doesn’t reject God in his pain. He recognizes what to do with his need, seeking to understand, to connect, to encourage himself, and to anticipate the day when he “shall again praise him.”
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“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” (verses 1-2).

“By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life” (verse 8).

His love is there, and so is my prayer song of trust, no matter who I’m with or what is happening in or around me.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in the Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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