Series: Conquering Depression
The “blues” is a style of music and also a state of mind.
A musical genre originating in African American communities of the Deep South around the end of the nineteenth century, the songs developed from old spirituals, work songs, field shouts, hollers and chants. The “blues” are a unique musical style formed by specific chord progressions and flattening certain notes and are a reference to the “blue devils” which means melancholy or sadness.
Perhaps this is why depression is sometimes referred to as having “the blues.” When depressed, we’re in a melancholy state of mind along with a low status of mood that often brings with it the “I don’t feel like doing anything’s.” These unhealthy combinations normally affect our physical well-being as well as our thoughts, behaviors and feelings.
David was in a low state of mind, but he believed healing was possible with God’s assistance. For the glory of your name, O LORD, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress (Psalm 143:11 NLT). He had experienced God’s deliverance in the past when he battled wild animals trying to kill his sheep. Presently he had no reason to doubt that God would liberate him from a jealous king who wanted him dead.
Parcel to healing from depressed moods or full blown depression is believing in God’s ability and eagerness to mend our emotions. Remembering what he’s done in the past gives us hope for the present and future. Depressed emotional states interfere with our work for him since depression arrests our ability to focus clearly. God wants us to enjoy life and serving him. Have faith he will lead you to the sources of help that will heal your emotional struggles.
Prayer: Thank You Father for knowing us completely and for providing the physical, spiritual and emotional healing we need.