|Choosing Joy in 2012||
|By gkeylon | 30 Dec 2011 ||
Here are a few God-centered thoughts that can help you overcome depression.
- Trust God even when your feelings tell you otherwise. King David in days of old is a great example of trusting God for help in overcoming difficulties. Remember when David said in Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” NKJV. David trusted God even when circumstances could have led to feelings of doubt, fear, and despair.
Feelings are fleeting, but the joy and peace of the Lord are eternal. God says that He is our sustainer and lifter of our heads. At a time when David had a broken relationship with his own son, he looks up to God and says, “But you, O LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head high.” Psalm 3:3 NLT. Focus on what lasts, not the temporary.
- God promises to be our refuge. David needed a lot of rescuing in his lifetime. When David was in trouble, he relied on the power and presence of God to bring him through. David said in Psalm 91:1-2, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety, he is my God, and I am trusting Him.” NLT God will be your refuge.
Are you feeling down? Remember, God calls us to trust even when our feelings disagree, to focus on the eternal and not the temporal. Find your refuge in the LORD. In Psalm 30, David chooses to praise God. Verse 5 ends with, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” NKJV