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Words For The Way: Words For Depression

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Nobody can always have devout feelings…But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him. 

— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key. 

— Elizabeth Wurtzel


Those who do not weep, do not see.  

— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter…It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. 

— Rumi


The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’…’Hope thou in God’… And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do. 

— D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

Scripture Reading — Psalm 42-43  (ESV)

42:1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.

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 6 and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. 8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” 11 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 and my God.

43:1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people,from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! 2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 

3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. 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 and my God.

 

Current Sermon Series

Words for the Way: Wisdom from the Psalms

Christians throughout history have had their spiritual life shaped by the Psalms. Far from being polished and polite, the Psalms are about getting “everything in our lives out in the open before God” (Eugene Peterson). The Psalms give us a language worthy of imitation by helping us to give voice to the entire experience of being human: to agony and despair, anger and doubt, shame and guilt, and, yes, praise and thanksgiving. Join us as we explore wisdom from the Psalms and learn the many voices of the Christian life.

 


Date: August 4, 2013
Passage: Psalm 42-43

Scripture Reading: Psalms
Speaker: David Jones

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