Larry Gatlin wrote a song recorded by Johnny Cash and one we sang so many times, named simply, “Help Me.” Part of the lyrics went like this: “Lord, Help me walk another mile, just one more mile; I’m tired of walkin’ all alone. Lord, Help me smile another smile, just one more smile; You know I just can’t make it on my own”.
If you read the Psalms, you find many times that the Psalmist David said these words, over and over again. Oh I know they sound different, but these words capture the heart of the writer. As I have been going through boxes of old pictures and looking at faces smiling at me of relatives, long gone, and children who are grown and have children of their own, it almost depressed me. On top of that I stood and watched as the car my mother took such good care of for the last decade she drove drive out of our driveway for the final time. It had been gathering dust bunnies and spider webs for four years so it was time to let someone have it that really needed to use it.
The song made famous by the Righteous Brothers says “Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much…” the true part of that is that time can do so much, the slowly part, not so much. Job 7:1-6 “Human life is a struggle, isn’t it? It’s a life sentence to hard labor. Like field hands longing for quitting time and working stiffs with nothing to hope for but payday, I’m given a life that meanders and goes nowhere—months of aimlessness, nights of misery! I go to bed and think, ‘How long till I can get up?’ I toss and turn as the night drags on—and I’m fed up! My days come and go swifter than the click of knitting needles, and then the yarn runs out—an unfinished life!” It sounds to me like Job was the epitome of depression! It is easy to let yourself slip into that familiar “robe” of depression. I am convinced that when Satan was defeated as Jesus died on the cross and then rose again, he looked around for something that would defeat the body of Christ in a manner that would catch us “off guard” to the point that we would just be overcome with this damned thing and wilt like a flower that needs water! There are OBVIOUS things that he could bring to us, but we recognize obvious and therefore we could ignore him or tell him to go on back to his home (hell) and leave us alone! BUT…this depression thing is meant to kill us without us ever raising our hand to stop him.
So do you see how we have to handle this? The devil is like a wasp that comes in on us while we are doing our every day chores, lands right on your head (in your mind) and if you don’t “brush him off” you will find yourself stung with thoughts of suicide, worthlessness, feeling that you have made all the wrong choices for your life and feeling like “it is all over for you”… if you are feeling like this then stand up, shake your fist in the devils face and tell him that “you have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of your testimony” Revelations 12:11, and your testimony should be “Satan I don’t have to fight you, you are defeated by the Blood of Jesus and I know that no matter how bad things look, they will all work together for my good because I love the Lord and I am the called according to His purpose by the Word of God in Romans 8:28!” Also I am asking you to read Psalm 30…the whole chapter, but I will give you one piece of verse 5 which says…”weeping may endure for the night, but JOY comes in the morning!” AMEN!