The Way Radio Episode 0089
Battling Depression Part 5 - Psalm 51
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. I would agree with him. Christianity is largely life examined, a life lived mindfully, a life lived purposefully, a life lived with meaning, a life of contemplation and meditation. The dark side knows this and does a very good job of filling the world with distractions, temptations, hectic busyness, amusements, and technology in an effort to keep us from being still and communing with the Lord.
In the modern age especially, we must reject the distractions and trappings of the world, become contradictions to it, and shine with the light of Christ. Philippians 4:8-9 says, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."
We must slow down, be still, and consider the things of God.
By looking in we live out our lives, but we must have some guide and direction, some measure of truth to follow, and that is only found in Christ and his word. Psalm 119:105 says, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
As the world stumbles along in the dark, what a blessing it is for believers to have our path laid out and lit before us, to know why we walk and where our path is leading.
As we consider the topic of battling depression and what we can learn from Psalm 51 in relation to it, consider that even if we are not suffering under the lash of conviction, have not committed a terrible sin; contemplating the blessing of repentance through God’s grace and mercy, his forgiveness, and love, is a wonderful way to soothe our souls and lift our spirits.
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