Published By Deborah Negron
February 9, 2018
In Every Circumstance
Let Me Look To You Lord
Depression is part of the human experience. We have days up on the mountain top and days in the valley. The fact that life is increasingly more taxing is evident in the statistics and the degree to which people are diagnosed with mental illness. We live in a hurry, let’s git it done now, society. There is no longer any time to stop and look at the heavens and see how nature declares the glory of God, as in Psalm 19.
We bombard our lives with extracurricular activities. We are overextended, over exhausted and over compensating for everything.
psalms 11, 12 and 13 show us the portrait of a person who was honestly overburdened. Perhaps it was during this time that David the psalmist was being chased and hunted by Saul. He had good reason, as we may have good reason to be depressed.
But the real evident truth is that he was simply just focused on the realities of this life. The turmoil, the issues, the overshadowing doom he faced.
But I genuinely admire something of this psalmist. He always seemed to look up when he was really low.
He might have complaiined and pondered on his circumstance for a spell. The issues were real, not imagined.
Yet he states in Psalm 13,
5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. 6 I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
Even after acknowledging that his enemies were surrounding him, that the war was presently affecting him…
He did not deny his calamity yet he had enough sense to cry out to the One who could save him. He belted out a song and worshiped the Lord.
As Paul and Silas in the jail cell sang and praised God in the midst of their troubles,
David did the same.
He understood the value of surrender and honoring the One who can right all the wrongs. He was able to give all his burdens to God.
Lord today, my triumphs and my failures, my joys and my sorrows are all known to you.
I choose to praise you! You are able to meet me in my point of need.
Help me look up. Help me see the ability you have to save, heal, intervene, change issues, restore matters. I am in your hands.
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