A Depressed Man Praying

I pray through five chapters of Psalms every day. There are 150 chapters in Psalms, so I get through it once each month. Most of the Psalms are prayers, and many of them where written by King David. Before David became King of Israel Saul was King, and he was always chasing David trying to kill him because he was jealous of him. One time David was hiding in a cave from Saul and while he was hiding in the cave he wrote Psalms 142.

I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord;
I make supplication with my voice to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare my trouble before Him.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
You knew my path.
In the way where I walk
They have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see;
For there is no one who regards me;
There is no escape for me;
No one cares for my soul.
I cried out to You, O Lord;
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
“Give heed to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are too strong for me.
“Bring my soul out of prison,
So that I may give thanks to Your name;
The righteous will surround me,
For You will deal bountifully with me.”

One of the reasons that I don’t get down or depressed anymore, at least not for very long, is because I unload all my frustrations, fears, irritations, and failures onto the Lord. David said, “I pour out my complaint on Him; I declare my trouble before Him.” It is amazing how the tone and content of the Psalms that I read on any given day most of the time fit me right where I am, and by praying them back to God, making them my own, I am blessed by Him with joy, peace, and strength.

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