Depression is a widespread condition, affecting millions of people. To help alleviate depression, the Christian should consider the following pointers:
1-Meditate on God’s Word: “O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee …” Psalm 42:6.
2-Pray for healing: “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.” I Samuel 1:10.
3-Praise casts depression away: “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:1-3.
4-Use Christian music therapy: “Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.” Psalm 33:1-3.
5-Keeping God’s law brings peace: “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:65.
6-Rely not on feelings but rather on God’s unchanging Word: “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:8.
7-Know that God will NEVER abandon you: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” II Corinthians 4:8,9.
8-Realize who you are in Christ: “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7.
9-Believe that God cares about you: “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” Psalm 139:17-18.
10-Trust that God has promised you a good future: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11.
11-Cast your burden on the Lord and leave it there: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.
12-Stand on God’s promises: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am Your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
13-Think only of positive thoughts: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8.
14-Fellowship with believers: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18.
15-Don’t deal with the symptoms but the causes of depression: Counseling, confession and forgiveness may be a great help in the healing process.
16-Be sure that depression will not last forever: “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.
We would like to add that depression can sometimes be caused by a physical disorder that needs to be treated with medication and/or Christian counseling. Of course, God is able to cure any disease or disorder. I pray that these pointers will start you on the road of deliverance from depression.
In His service,