Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Feeling Sad and Depressed Read This


 "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in."  Psalm 24:7

This is a simple verse loaded with meaning for those dealing with depression. Commentator Robert Hawker notes the word "gates"  is figuratively used to denote a place, person or people. So David is encouraging the children of God to lift up their heads-not to be cast down with sadness and depression and the King of Glory will come in.  

 Most of your sad thoughts and negative feelings are not your own, they have been broadcasted to you from the god of the air (Ephesians 2:2).  Reject those thoughts now because Jesus said the "gates" of hell will not prevail against the church (Matthew 16:18) as a member of Christ's body (Colossians 1:18), you can rejoice because the "gates of hell" the principalities and powers, Satan and his demons will not prevail against you. So lift up your head! Put a smile on your face. Rejoice in the Lord your God.

In Psalm 24:8, David said, Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty! The Lord mighty in battle! Yes, you have the Lord of Hosts on your side, the one who is mighty in battle waiting to fight for you but you have to open the door (v7) by lifting up your head in expectant hope instead of despair.  

Lift up your head, no more walking around with your head hung down or staying in bed for days because of your problems. Reject negative thoughts and emotions by replacing them with thoughts about our God. The one who said, Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-29). This will require you to be proactive. You must take your problems, thoughts and emotions to Him. I know this can be difficult for some because taking issues to Jesus involves prayer and prayer can be hard for some. Simply because the act of prayer is humbling in nature. Because of pride we find it difficult to take our issues to Him. We don't like to admit we need help because we see it as a sign of weakness. But the fact that we have been overcome by negative thoughts and emotions, shows we are indeed weak and need help from the one who said I am your strength. I will strengthen you. 

Jesus loved you unto death, and He want's to remove the Satanic burden of sadness, depression and regret. He lived, died, and rose again to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Humble yourself and ask Him for help. Your relief is a prayer away.  

So, "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in."

"Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory." Selah.  Psalm 24:9-10


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