Have mercy on me, Lord, because I’m depressed. My vision fails because of my grief, as do my spirit and my body. 10 My life is consumed with sadness; my years are consumed with groaning. Strength fails me because of my suffering; my bones dry up. 11 I’m a joke to all my enemies, still worse to my neighbors. I scare my friends, and whoever sees me in the street runs away! 12 I am forgotten, like I’m dead, completely out of mind; I am like a piece of pottery, destroyed. 13 Yes, I’ve heard all the gossiping, terror all around; so many gang up together against me, they plan to take my life!
14 But me? I trust you, Lord! I affirm, “You are my God.” 15 My future is in your hands. Don’t hand me over to my enemies, to all who are out to get me! 16 Shine your face on your servant; save me by your faithful love! Psalm 31:9-16 CEB
Recently I sat with a friend who was so depressed that all she could do was groan. I mean seriously groan. Loud, uncontainable, aggressive, groans. If I hadn’t been sitting with her, I would have thought someone had dropped a house on her and she was groaning under the weight of it. It adds perspective to this reading for me. Depression is physically painful.
Keeping this pain in mind, it is pretty impressive that this sad psalmist could turn his attention away from his sorrow and remember that he trusts in a God of steadfast love. Today, feel all those feelings that you were created with the capacity to experience, and then with great intention, take a few minutes to focus your attention on affirming what you know about this God who delivers.