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The Cure for Depression

David’s life began as a young shepherd boy keeping watch over his father’s flock as they grazed along the hillsides of Judea. Being the youngest son of Jesse, he was the one chosen by God to be the next king of Israel. The current king, Saul, showed great jealousy over the selection of David before the end of his reign had taken place, attempting to pin David to the wall of his palace with a javelin not once, but twice on two different occasions  (1 Samuel 18-19).

The Psalms are the writings of David as he experienced life as a shepherd boy and also as a man on the run, for his life, from the king. Throughout the Psalms David’s emotions are on full display, from triumphant in victories over the lion and bear attacking the flock and the defeat of Goliath, to the despair he felt in the forced separation from his best friend Jonathan, King Saul’s son. There were those who hailed David as victor for his acts of valor, and those in confederate with King Saul who sought to fulfill the King’s wishes in seeing David’s demise.

Many of David’s Psalms begin with hopelessness and despair but find their way to praising God for His goodness, faithfulness, longsuffering, deliverance, and/or salvation before their conclusion. David’s answer in Psalm 42 to being cast down and disquieted was to “Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God”  (v.11).

Psalm 3   “LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me,” (v.1).   “Arise, O LORD, save me… Salvation belongeth unto the Lord,” (vs.7-8).

Psalm 12  “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth,” (v.1).  “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth,” (v.6).

Psalm 35   “Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me,” (v.1).  “My soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His salvation,” (v.9).

Psalm 56  “Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up,” (v.1).  “In God will I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me,” (v.11).

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In the Garden of Eden God told Adam & Eve if they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree they would die. They ate but did not die. Why not? They suffered severe consequences for their sin but continued to live outside the Garden and began to populate the earth. Why did God not immediately strike them down for their disobedience to Him?

With their first bite sin entered the world, and death by sin, so that sin passed upon all men (Romans 5:12). We are told in Scripture the payment for sin is death. As with Adam & Eve our first sin should result in our demise because of God’s Holiness and His Justice, but it doesn’t. We are permitted to continue to live until physical death overtakes us as it did them. Why does God allow us to survive when His command in the Garden was so clear?

It is because of the Lord’s MERCIES we are Not Consumed immediately!
HIS Compassions Fail Not… they are New Every Morning.
GREAT is HIS Faithfulness!
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

He has every right to destroy us when we sin but He doesn’t. He is longsuffering with us and loves us SO MUCH He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance before it is eternally too late. When we awake in the morning each new day is a gift given to us by God to provide us opportunity to seek His forgiveness and come into a right relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. The payment for sin was paid upon Calvary’s cross by the death of the Savior. It is only through the shed blood of Christ remission of sin is provided and everlasting life granted when we willingly surrender our lives to Him.