Understanding God’s Hope and Help for Depression.
Are you struggling with depression? God sees you. He knows your journey isn’t easy, but He wants you to hold onto hope because He is there for you and has a plan for you. He will see you through the darkness to a brighter tomorrow. Here are some verses from the Bible filled with God’s promises to give you hope. God loves you.
Cry Out for Help
Many times in the book of Psalms, the writers are crying out for help..to save them from their hopelessness. Reading these verses can serve as a wonderful reminder that God understands, that He hears our cries, and He rescues! It O.K. to call out to Him, to express our fears, to tell him what we are feeling, and then trust Him to come!
Psalm 6:6-9 – I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.
Psalm 13:2-3 – How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
Psalm 42:5 – Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 56:8 – You keep track of all my sorrows.You have collected all my tears in your bottle.You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalm 69: 1-3 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.
Psalm 69:16-18 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me.
Psalm 77:1-2 – I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.
Wait Patiently…And remember God’s Promises
God is good! His timing is perfect even when it feels like we are waiting forever. His ways are higher than our ways. So in the midst of your depression, cling to these truths.
Psalm 56:9b-11 – This I know: God is on my side! I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
Isaiah 40:30-31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Psalm 77:7-14 – Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion? Then I thought, To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
Psalm 30:5b Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Psalm 3:3 – But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
Psalm 30:11 – You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
God Cares…Hold On
More promises of God’s deep love for you and desire for you to have an abundant life.
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Lamentations 3: 22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
Isaiah 56:8 – You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
John 10:10 – The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.