Drunk on circumstances!
Scripture reading for June 11th: Psalm 36-41
Some people seem to be depressed all the time. A cloud of heaviness hangs on their life and their conversations. They can’t see anything positive or have hope for the future. They recount their many problems and their attitude gets worse! When I talk to someone like this, I sometimes ask them to take their open hand and slap their own face and say: “sober up–you are drunk on the circumstances!”
Psalm 38 recorded David’s time of depression and desperate circumstances. David was sick in body with festering wounds because of sin and guilt in his life. He had back pain that penetrated his being. (Psalm 38:5-7) He was feeble and crushed in anguish of heart. People avoided him because of his wounds and there were those plotting his ruin and destruction. He had trouble hearing and speaking in response to those who hated him! David called upon God to help him, and quickly! (Psalm 38:22)
In Psalm 40, David stated that after patiently waiting on the Lord, He heard his cry and responded by lifting him out of the slimy pit that held him. He set David’s feet on a firm rock and put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise to our God! The man who trusts in the Lord will never be put to shame!
Some practical advice for dealing with depression and heaviness comes from these psalms. First, David told the Lord exactly how he felt in body and soul. Honest evaluation and casting all cares on God was David’s method. Notice how the Psalmist always comes back to faith and belief in the Lord. (Psalm 38:22. 40:17) Second, patience is necessary in trials. The psalmist could not help himself–he had to wait on the Lord patiently! (Psalm 38:15) (Psalm 40:1) Even though he asked that the Lord come quickly, God’s time is not always the same as ours. (Psalm 38:22) Last, David sang a new song of praise after the rescue.
Praise opens heaven and takes our mind off the circumstances! Even before the answer came, the psalmist was praising God! Why not apply these truths today if you are in a pit? God loves to save and deliver! Action on the word of God always brings new life and opportunity to move out of the slimy pits of life! If necessary, give yourself a little slap to remember not to get drunk on your circumstances!