Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Protected From Depression

I have a limited amount of time to type today, so I'm going to try to be fast! I really want to express what's on my heart today, and also it helps to cement it into my memory when I repeat it, write it, or talk about it!
I've been reading in Psalms, and found a few good things I want to share with you. The word gospel really means "good news", and to find out that God doesn't want you to be depressed is GOOD NEWS! This is truly a part of the gospel.
We see in the beginning of the psalm that David is crying out in desperation to God. Do you ever feel like that? Desperate? In verse three David states: "Each morning I bring my requests to You and wait expectantly." This is key! David is not just desperate! Desperation is not enough!! I have discovered over the years of my faith that need is not what moves God! FAITH IS! David was expecting God to do something, he was believing God to act! It is not enough to be in a situation so terrible that you are sure you will never make it out! You must believe that God is good, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him!
Now, I am speaking to myself, as much as to you, but what we see in the word is plain. Let's expect God to do something! David ends the psalm by saying: "But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread Your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with Your shield of love."
Here we see that what we really need if we are ever to know true joy, is to take refuge in God. What does that mean? Well sometimes it means that we stop trying to be in charge, and control our own lives. It can mean that we stop trying to make a change in ourselves, in our circumstances, or in others. We turn it over to God, we hand over the reigns. We cast our care upon Him, trusting Him to take care of us. He is our refuge, the place we go to for safety and peace. We can lay down in peace each night knowing that God is in charge, and He is good. He is a security, a blanket that covers us, a refuge. A hiding place.
In verse 12 we learn that God will bless the godly, He will surround them and shield them. This is good news, but often people hear a verse like this and disqualify themselves. They immediately assume that they are not the godly, and therefore cannot receive what the verse is promising. Can I give you two reasons why this isn't so?
First, we need to remember Abraham. He was a "gentile", a common man. A man with no real inherent virtue, but God revealed Himself to him, and it was said of Abraham that he was a friend of God. We are told that Abraham simply believed what God said, and this qualified him as righteous in God's eyes. The one who is righteous, is the one who believes.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ? If so, you are the righteous. You are the one in right standing with God. You are the one who is the very righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. If you believe what God says; you believe who He is; then you are the godly, and the bible says that He will bless you and surround you with a force field of His favour and grace, making you untouchable.
Today take what you've heard here, and add your faith to it. God will not let you down.
The word is a seed. Receive it today, and then hold on to it. Feed it and nourish it daily by reading your bible, by praying, and worshipping God. Your harvest is a harvest of healing, and you will see it come through if you don't quit too soon. Don't give up on God, He is faithful to perform His word, and He will never give up on you.

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