King David – A Biblical Example

When you are having bad emotions and look for a way to be free from depression, you sometimes think that no one has had problem like me. I must be the only one with this and that experience. But no, having those feelings is not something new, and crying out to be free from depression and hard circumstances is not something that only you and I experience. People through the whole Bible struggled with fear and worry and other kind of depressive thinking.


 

Take David for example! King David, whom God called a man after his own heart! A man that wanted to serve God and did so in a mighty way!

David struggled with fear and anxiety in His troubled times, and in the psalms he describes his feelings. He had problems and He cried out to God for help. Much like the cry we have when we cry out to be free from depression or whatever is making us trouble.

It is good to read, because we then can se that nothing is new under the sun….we all have problems and so did the people many hundreds of years ago!

Psalm:

To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
(Psa 57:1-11 KJV)

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah.

God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

David was really in trouble here. His enemies were chasing him and he feared for his life. He could see no help, no rescue but God. And he cries out to God to help him! And that we can also do! We can cry out from our heart and ask God to help us!

God listens to you and the help is on the way! If you have cried out to God to help you with your emotional problem, He is there with you and want to help you be free from your problems and free from depression and anxiety.




One thing to do to be free from depression

The interesting thing with David is that in the same time that he cries out to God he also speaks out who God is! He knows God and in his prayer he talk about what God can do, who He is! He describes what God has been doing before and is like talking to his own mind to remember Gods greatness!

He does the actual thing that we also need to do. He reminds his own soul to praise the Lord no matter the circumstances, because he knows that God will help him! He speaks directly to His soul: Wake up! I want to thank God! Even in the midst of trouble David knew his God and kept to Him!

This is a great key for us to change our thinking from being just dark and negative to light and positive! It is a piece that will help us be free from depression. It is to acknowledge that it does not matter how things looks for the eye right now. We can put our trust in the Lord and relay on Him. He will help us, he will never leave us!

With that we by no means are denying the fact, the actual circumstances that we have all around us. But we acknowledge that God I much greater than things aroused around us. David said: I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me!

When we do that we express faith and trust in the Lord, and faith releases the power of God to work. So it is a key! Praise and worship actually a great part in being free from depression. When we lift our eyes and look at Jesus, look at our redeemer, everything around us becomes smaller. Because He is the greatest, He is the one with power!

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