Larry Gatlin wrote a song, which Johnny Cash recorded and we sang many times, the name was 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 basically said those words over and over again. Oh I know they sound different, but these words show us the heart of the writer.
As I have been going through boxes of old pictures and looking at faces smiling at me, relatives, long gone, children grown with children of their own, minister’s and church members we thought were loyal friends that have moved on, it almost depressed me. 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 verse 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 and I have found that 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 having the energy to raise 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”…as I say this I feel that one of you who will read this is feeling this right now…so 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!”
I am asking you to read Psalm 30, the whole chapter, but I want to give you one phrase of verse 5 which says, “weeping may endure for the night, but Joy comes in the morning!”
It’s morning now, isn’t it?