Praising God in the midst of depression

What happens when you run out of words?

That is the problem I have had this week. Well, maybe I should clarify that questions. What happens when you run out of words that others will want to hear? See, I have plenty of words, but they aren’t words that are appropriate for a blog. And they don’t always make sense, even to me. This makes sense as depression can take things from you, randomly and without notice.

I have been thinking a lot this week about what has brought on this round of depression. As I have evaluated this and past episodes, I am noticing some common things – diet, stress, lack of sleep, etc. Then this verse came to mind.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12 ESV

I know this feeling all too well. If a take a good, hard look at myself, I see a failure, someone unskilled and not very good at finishing things. Being a failure is a horrible, debilitating feeling. While it is possible that depression can be cause by diet, sickness and/or the weather, our emotions can also point us in a downward spiral. Proverbs 17:22 backs that up.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22 ESV

So what is the remedy? I happened on an article this week that said, while Scripture says to sing a new song to God, sometimes we have to sing an old song before we can sing a new one. We need to recount all the times God has helped us as a way to encourage and remind ourselves of what God has done. From there, we can look forward to what God can and will do.

While in the midst of depression, it seems like it wouldn’t work. But praising God does change our focus. Listening to hymns and praise song can also point us toward God. Praising God is a one of the best places to start healing from depression.