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Spiritual Depression

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)

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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. Dr. Lloyd-Jones 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!

Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 42:5, New American Standard Bible (NASB)

5Why are you in despair, my soul?

And why are you restless within me?

Wait for God, for I will again praise Him

For the help of His presence, my God.

Psalms 42:5, King James Version (KJV)

5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.