Sermon: The Soul & Depression

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The Soul & Depression: Psalm 42
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Have you ever been through a season in life when it seems that everything is wrong? You’re constantly sad and broken hearted? You can remember happier times when God seemed near but now you wonder if He’s even there at all. In Psalm 42, the Psalmist knows those feelings and pours them out to God. But even in the midst of his suffering, the Psalmist reminds himself that even in pain, frustration, sadness and depression God is good enough to be trusted and holy enough to be praised.

1.  Read Psalms 42:3-6

“My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me continually, ‘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 Hermon, from Mount Mizar.”

2.  Discussion Questions:

  1. How does the way the Psalmist expresses himself give you a framework for processing sadness and depression?

  2. In what ways does Psalm 42 help you preach the Gospel to yourself in times of distress?

  3. Are there ways that you can encourage people who are hurting? How can you point them to Jesus?

  4. How and when have you seen the Lord strengthen your soul when you feel that you can’t go on?


3. Challenge

It can be extremely difficult to trust the Lord in times of depression and suffering. But look what the Psalmist does here. Throughout the whole Psalm, he doesn’t hold back his emotions or feelings of sadness. He bears his soul to God with honesty and rawness. He continually reminds himself that his hope is in God Who is his salvation. What can we learn from this and how can we remind ourselves of the Gospel even when everything seems hopeless?

4.  Commit to Memory:

“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.

5:  Things to Know

For more on this topic go HERE for a blog post written by our College Pastor, Daniel Wagner.

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