The cure for Depression & Despair – the Living God Himself!

“O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;Let them bring me to Your holy hillAnd to Your dwelling places.Then I will go to the altar of God,To God my exceeding joy;And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.”

Psalm 43:3-4

This is the solution to the depression and discouragement & despair of this world, the Psalmist feels in Psalm 42-43. These 2 Psalms go together. He asks several times, “Why are you in despair, O my soul?”(Ps. 42:5, 9, 11; 43:5) “Hope in God” – he tells his soul to hope in God.

Our responsibility and part is to cry out in prayer for God to send out His light (revelation, insight into the Word as we read, meditate, pray over, study, obey)

in 43:3-4 he asks / prays to God to send out His light and Truth and for guidance to lead him to worship the Lord, his exceeding joy.”

“to God, my exceeding joy” Meditate on that phrase. The Living God, the God of the Bible is our exceeding joy.

then I will go the altar” = the altar of sacrifice (OT context) and confession of sins. For us in the New Covenant, confession and remembering the once for all sacrifice of Christ and celebration of the Lord’s Supper with God’s people in church. Then, sing with joy and praise to God, the Living God.Song by Phil Keaggy (1981), based on those verses:

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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