Why are you downcast, O my soul? (Ps. 42:5)
The question is asked by David, King of Israel. He repeats the question three times in the following verses. David is depressed. After studying the Psalms, I have located thirty-plus instances where David is emotionally down. It happens to all of us. For some of us, it is more problematic. This is one of those issues I personally battle. For those of you who also fight this battle, BEWARE! This is time of the year where Seasonal Affective Disorder strikes hardest. January 17, was named “The Saddest Day of the Year” by the behavioral scientific community. More people were fighting depression that day than on any other day of the year. If you are depressed today, ask David’s question: “WHY are you depressed, my soul?” You might need sunlight. Exercise can help. What have you been eating? Do you have a friend to talk to about it? Have you talked to your Dr.? (This is my first recommendation to my friends.) David said to his soul (talking to your self) – “Hope in God.” In other words, you can take action and there is hope! Pray today for all those who struggle with this affliction – especially this time of year. And if it gets so bad you consider harming yourself – STOP – call the Police. They will come and get you help.