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Walking from Darkness into the Dawn

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“First seek the counsel of the Lord.”
(1 Kings 22:5 NIV)
Walking from Darkness into the Dawn
June Hunt
Have dark clouds of depression poured their tears upon your soul? Do you feel emotionally stuck … with your mind and emotions all muddled? Do you feel isolated and alone … afraid that no one understands? If so, you are far from being alone. People from all walks of life have languished under the dark clouds of depression.
Can anything bring back the blue skies of contentment? King David—no stranger to depression—discovered the answer. He learned how to exchange the darkness of despair for the light of hope.
Again and again, when his soul was downcast, he intentionally changed his focus—he continually fastened his focus on the faithfulness of his Savior … his Redeemer … his God. At Three different times, in three different verses, David asked himself the same question, and then three times he followed with the same answer.…
“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 42:5–6, 11; 43:5)
If you are saying, “I can’t think straight. I can’t feel anything. I can’t even will myself out of the blues!” Perhaps you are weathering the storm clouds of depression. And just as there are different kinds of clouds, there are also different types of depression.
A. What Is Depression?
If you place a heavy iron on a heart-shaped foam pillow, that plump pillow becomes pressed down—“de-pressed.” But the next day, if you remove the iron, the pillow returns to its original form. However, if you wait six months to remove the iron, the pillow will not return to its original shape. Instead, the pillow remains flat and depressed. A pillow, which can sustain temporary pressure, is not designed to hold its shape for a long time under heavy pressure.
The same is true of the human heart. When “pressed down” due to normal pressure from normal situations (situational depression), your heart is designed by God to rebound once the pressure is removed. However, if you live under the weight of heavy pressure for long periods of time, your heart can enter a “state” of depression. Realize, Jesus cares about your heart and knows you are especially vulnerable when you are heavy-hearted. That is why He gives this word of caution …
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.”
(Luke 21:34)
Depression literally means being “pressed down” to a lower position (as in a footprint).1
Depression can refer to a state of decline and reduced activity (as in an “economic depression”).2
Depression sometimes is a result of an emotional heaviness that weighs the heart down. The apostle Paul used the Greek word bareo, which means “pressed or weighed down,” to describe the immense emotional pressure and severe hardships that he and Timothy suffered at the hands of those who opposed Christ.3 …
“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.”
(2 Corinthians 1:8–9)
B. What Is Depression in the World of Psychology?
Depression is considered a mood disorder because its predominant feature is a disturbance in mood.4 (Your mood is your emotional state.) In ancient writings, the earliest reference to what is meant by our word “depression” is the word melancholia (literally “black bile”). The assumption was that the melancholy person had an excess of black bile, which resulted in depression.
In the 2nd century AD, the physician Aretaeus referred to his melancholy patients as “sad, dismayed, sleepless.… They become thin by their agitation and loss of refreshing sleep.… At a more advanced state, they complain of a thousand futilities and desire death.”5
Even today, melancholia is defined as “a mental condition characterized by extreme depression, bodily complaints, and often hallucinations and delusions.”6 For those suffering during this dark night of the soul, it could be said …
“For all of them, midnight is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.”
(Job 24:17)
“Depression” is the psychological term that pertains to the mental, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of a depressed person. (“Psychology” is the study of the mind relating to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors—specifically focusing on why people think, feel, and act as they do.7) For example, those engulfed in the dark waves of depression feel desperately alone and often blame God for their plight.…
“You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend” (Psalm 88:18).
Depression is a psychological state that exists when the heart is pressed down and unable to experience joy. Those suffering with depression feel trapped underneath a dark, heavy blanket of sadness, grief, and hopelessness.…
Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night” (Job 5:14).
Depression is a psychological condition that impacts the whole person: body (the physical), soul (the mind, will, and emotions), and spirit (the source of our deepest inner needs for love, significance, and security … and the need for God Himself). Many who are depressed feel as though this verse describes them.…
All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger” (Ecclesiastes 5:17).
Depression is an umbrella term that covers dark feelings ranging from “down-in-the-dumps” disappointment to utter desolation.8 No matter the degree of darkness, the Lord wants us to rely on Him to provide light.…
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28).
C. What Are 4 Different Degrees of Depression?
Although independent of one another, these four categories show an escalating intensity of depression. In general, depression could be divided into two categories: situational and chemical.
Situational Depression occurs when a painful situation presses the heart down for a period of time.