October 12th 2010

Sing Praise To God

“O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.”

Psalm 30:2 (NKJV)
The Bible is a practical book with many solutions for many human problems, and one whole book within the ‘Book of Books’ contains songs (called Psalms).  Music can have a powerful effect upon us, and songs help us to express our feelings to God—to tell him our dreams and our despairs, to make requests and to give him thanks and praise.

Depression is one of the tools in Satan’s armoury that he uses in an attempt to destroy us.  He knows our weaknesses and, like a roaring lion, he walks about looking for prey (1 Peter 5:8).  I have found, like King David, that singing praise to God can help when we become discouraged and depressed.  Psalm 30:5 tells us, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

Often we don’t begin to sing praise to God because we feel like singing, but we find that the feelings of joy will soon follow once we do begin.  Consider that even in prison Christians in the early church would be singing hymns to God (see Acts 16:25), and that couldn’t have been because they were delighted to be there!

Of course, extended or extreme feelings of depression may need help from the medical profession, but I urge you to keep a music CD of some favourite hymns at home, and sing along to it when you are feeling down or discouraged and depressed.  You will soon feel the difference.  Try this exercise: Read Psalm 30 and sing along to your favourite hymns when you feel low. Most of Psalm 30 makes an effective prayer when you are lost for words, or don’t even have the energy to pray.

Father Almighty, send me your healing spirit while I feel depressed.  Be with me at this difficult time.  As it says in Psalm 30:12 (NCV), “
I will sing to you and not be silent.  Lord, my God, I will praise you forever”.

Study by Phil Stilliard 
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