An estimated 30-40 million Americans will experience depression at least once in their lifetime. The author who penned Psalm 42 & 42 could relate to what many are battling with today. Even devoted followers of God can fall under the weight of heavy mindedness (Elijah, 1 Kings 19:1-4; John the Baptist, Matt. 11:2-3; Peter, Matt. 26:69-75).
So how do we receive God as our exceeding Joy? During difficulty, we truly can experience a supernatural joy as we pursue His presence:
- Praise when you don’t feel like it. (Praise is a command, not a feeling.) Our worship drives away the darkness.
- Study God’s word. His truth will light up your dark path.
- Go after God’s promises with people! We are wired to need community. Give of yourself and serve the needs of others as a servant leader and find encouragement from the people of God.