Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015 “God’s Antidepressant”

“O my God, my soul is in despair within me; Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.” (Psalm 42:6)

Good Morning Dear Friends in Christ!

If you watch any amount of television at all, you are undoubtedly aware of the fact that there are an increasing amount of commercials touting the benefits of some new drug or another. There seems to be a pill or medication of some sort out there for just about anything these days. Many such drugs treat symptoms of depression, and nearly all of them come with the side effect warnings at the end of the commercial. When I lived in Las Vegas, I recall one that warned that taking this particular drug could exacerbate a desire to gamble! I would not have been at all surprised if the casinos would have had dishes full of them available to anyone in the casino!

Antidepressants are another great example of drugs that carry a long line of possible side effects along with their benefits.  Some possible side effects include: nausea, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, dizziness, weight gain, sweating, headaches, and in some cases, you could die! To me, that. pretty depressing in and of itself! Now, before you get the wrong idea, I am not dissing antidepressants. When regulated and prescribed by a qualified physician, they may indeed be an aid in dealing with depression.

Personally, I prefer the Psalmist’s method. The psalmist is downcast…depressed…in despair…so what does he do? He remembers what the Lord has done for him and others like him in the past. He recounts the mighty acts of God and God’s deliverance. He says, “Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.” He rightly reasons, “I am in despair…now is a great time to recall God’s faithfulness!” Depression is not at all uncommon. One antidote for depression is to meditate on the record of God’s goodness. How can that be of any benefit? For one thing, it takes your mind off of the present situation and provides a source of hope that things will improve. It focuses our thoughts on God’s ability to help rather than on our inability to help ourselves. For another, it reminds us who is truly in control…our ever-faithful Lord. The next time you feel depressed, take advantage of God’s “antidepressant.” Read and meditate on the Bible accounts of God’s goodness, meditate on them, and then pray. The best part is, there are no ill side effects! Let’s pray!

Blessed Lord; teach us to turn to you in those times of depression that inevitably come into our lives. Often, we are directed to meditate on Your goodness and grace. As we do, we find encouragement that leads us to prayer and healing. Thank You, God, for your prescription of prayer. Amen!

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