How Psalm 91 Can Help With Depression
Depression is a serious struggle for many. Whether clinically diagnosed or simply going through a dark time, feelings of depression hold us back and distort Truth. In times like these, the only thing strong enough to conquer the “battle for the mind” (and all the forces of darkness that come with it), is the all-powerful Word of God.
God’s Word speaks healing and life into the battered and bruised hearts, minds and soul of His Children. It gives us joy and hope where none seems to exist. One chapter in particular, Psalm 91, is a powerful passage that reminds us of God’s promises. Meditating on these words can significantly help with overcoming thoughts of depression and defeat. While the entire chapter is filled with infinite wisdom and insight, let’s take a closer look at the final three verses.
First, Psalm 91:14: “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My Name.”
The first thing to note here is that God is with you because you know Him. In times of need, when you look to Him for refuge, He will deliver you! Don’t overlook the biblical fact that our Lord cares for us so intently that every hair on our head is counted (Luke 12:7). If He knows every hair on our head, He must really care for us … and if He really cares for us, then we are never alone.
It is no surprise that deep feelings of loneliness are associated with depression. Feeling as though no one is concerned with our well-being. But in this particular verse, we see that God has promised to protect us. He has promised to deliver us from calamity and affliction. If He knows us, cares for us, protects us and delivers us … then it is also true that we are not alone. God is with us. And what’s more? He chases after us despite our shortcomings and imperfections.
Second, Psalm 91:15: “When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”
Another common lie of depression is that no one is listening. But Psalm 91 reminds us that even when it feels like no one is listening — God is. When we cry out to God in prayer, He hears us. In fact, Scripture is clear that not a single tear or silent prayer is lost on Him. What a relief. What a blessing! Because of His great love for us, we are able to come before the throne of God and hand all our sorrows and burdens over to Him (Matthew 11:28). And not only does He ask us to, but He promises to rescue and honor us when we do! Only a loving God does such a thing. So the next time you’re down in the pits, remember Who is listening and Who is answering you.
Finally, Psalm 91:16: “With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.”
This verse shows us another powerful truth: that, in Christ, we have a lasting (and divine) Joy that satisfies to the core. This kind of happiness is not fleeting; it lasts no matter what the circumstance is. Make no mistake, no fleeting pleasure here on earth can truly satisfy the depths of our soul’s need. The greatest worldly blessing can not compare to the magnificent gift of His supernatural favor and peace in every day life. And certainly, no temporal gift this side of Heaven comes close to the supernatural gift of spending eternity with our Lord.
So, whenever you’re feeling disillusioned by earthly experiences and circumstances, keep your heart, mind and soul fixed on God’s Word. Scriptures like Psalm 91 help us to stay focused on His unfailing Truth and goodness. While depression may feel like an ongoing battle, you can be sure that if you stay in His Word and believe His promises — the battle will be the Lord’s and you will be free. (II Chronicles 20:15)
Having faith doesn’t mean you won’t sometimes feel down or sad. But, it does mean that depression will no longer have control over you. You will have the control knowing that you are safe under the Father’s wings and it is He Who fights for you. Today, pour out your heart to Him in prayer. Ask Him to help you with any troubling thoughts you may have. He is always faithful to answer you because He cares for you.
Written by Meisha Johnson