When the news reports so much crime and violence almost every day, we hear that mental illness is a factor that is not recognized and dealt with adequately by society and/or governments.
This psalm (hymn) is a vivid picture of depression. Line after line spells out what depression feels like. Such deep-felt feelings rising out of a despairing heart! Undoubtedly every one of us has felt somewhat the same at various times. Read this passage out loud with feeling to catch the real depths of agony.
There are also wonderful hymns in our Evangelical Lutheran Worship book that deal with these feelings, too. Look at numbers 381, 610 thru 615, and 697 thru 704, as well as others. Sing them to yourself-aloud-to catch the depth of their message. Feelings of depression are real. We need to read/sing these words whenever depression attacks.
So there is hope and help. Note the positive verses 14 and 15: “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand?” Be sure to note the little words “I say,” for in depression it is important to speak aloud, over and over again if necessary: “I trust in you, O Lord.”
Gracious God, let your face shine upon me and save me in your steadfast love. Amen. — AAG