Job 11-14 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Over and over again in the book of Job we encounter Job’s depression: “so you destroy peoples hope.” Job feels hopeless and abandoned.
There are many passages in Scripture that can help us deal with depression, and one of them is Psalm 42. The characteristics of depression that are described are: sadness (42:11), crying (42:3), loss of appetite (42:3), feeling emotionally drained (42:4, 7), anxiousness (42:5-6), and feeling abandoned (42:9). It sounds like a description of what Job is going through! The Psalm also gives us some advice about how to deal with depression: acknowledge the problem (5), be willing to work through it (5), remember the good times (4), seek out others (4), fervently seek God (1-2), sing, pray, and praise (8), and remember God’s love for us (6).
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” 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. 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. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 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?” 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.