A Sermon on Psalms 42:5
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation (ESV)
Are you unhappy? Are heavy burdens weighing you down? Do you feel that you cannot escape feelings of despair? Christian, you are not alone! Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us how God's Word addresses depression from Psalm 42:5,11. A depressed Christian is not a contradiction of terms, it is a reality we must learn to address with the hopefilled truth of Scripture. The Doctor addresses the extravert and introvert, both with their tendency to overanalyze one’s self which leads to weariness and dejection. His challenge is to “get to know” yourself and understand your own triggers. Do you know your own dangers? Physical conditions also play a part in spiritual depression, says Lloyd-Jones. The Christian must be aware of this so as to readily push back against the Devil. Our enemy cannot control us, but he can and will use exaggerate circumstances to futher discourage us. The Psalmist in turn encourages us to do two things: first, speak the Word to ourselves instead of allowing our minds to wonder into despair. Second, remind ourselves of God and His love for us. Defy yourself and the world by putting your hope in God!