Depression | Dr. Ed Young

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♪ Theme Music ♪ Now I want us to read this
together. Would you do that? Listen to it. Read it with me: “Why are you
down in the dumps…?” Time out! All twelve of you!
Read it with me! Here we go! “Why are you down in the dumps,
dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God.
Soon, I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on
my face. He’s my God.” Now let’s say it
like this: He puts a smile on my
face; He’s my God! Say it like that. Here we go: “He puts a smile on
my face; He’s my God.” That is the chorus that
liberates the Psalmist, and we’ll see it
liberates you and me out of the moments of deep, deep
despair and depression. A psychologist was addressing a
class of would-be psychologists. His topic was “Manic
Depression.” When he got through the message, he said, “I’m going
to give you a little test.” He said, “Here’s a man whose
walking and shouting and screaming to the top of his
voice, and the next minute, he is sitting down crying
uncontrollably. Tell me about this person.”
A young guy lifted his hand. He said, “Yes?” He said,
“He’s a basketball coach!” So we talk about depression. Depression according to the
World Health Association is the number two leading disabler of
people in the western world. Did you get that? Cardiovascular disease is the
number one problem medically in the western world. Depression is the number two
problem. There are about 312 or
313 million people in the United States, and any given
time, there are between 30 and 40 million of them
are depressed. The estimates are that
15 percent of the population of America
takes anti-depressants. Depression costs corporate
America listen carefully over 70 billion
dollars a year as they seek to medically help
their employees. You’re four to one more likely
to have a heart attack if you’re depressed, than someone who is
not depressed. It is a staggering medical
problem. In fact, it is the number one
medical problem of people in the western world who are under
44 years of age. See, I barely get under that… (Audience Laughs…) And all of us deal
with it in different forms, all the way from being down in
the dumps, or being blue; all the
way to clinical depression. Some of you remember the
cartoon, “Peanuts.” And you remember when uh, Lucy would go
and set up her booth? Remember? She set up her booth, and she’d
get behind the booth, and Charlie Brown would come up and
she would answer all his problems, and on that booth, it
would say sometimes, “The Psychiatrist Is In,
5 cents.” Remember? Let me say to you up front, the
psychiatrist is not in. I am not going to pretend to
stand here and tell you that I could give you three points and
a poem, and quote a couple of Scriptures and sheewww! Shazam! You’ll be healed of depression. It doesn’t work like that for
many people because it is complex; it is circumstantial;
it involves people; it involves our past history; but my purpose
is to get you and me to think critically and Biblically when
we deal with depression. That’s my purpose, to think
Biblically and critically when we deal with depression. Now let’s try to define it. Someone said that it’s taking a
lot of diseases and mixing them together and putting them in a
waste basket. What does it mean to be
depressed? It is unique sadness. It is a overwhelming feeling of
hopelessness and helplessness. It is being bottomed out. It is running out of bullets. It is a battle of fatigue and
exhauston, exhaustion for no real physical reason. Depression, I think, is you take
a life and you stick a pin in it, and whewwwwww! All the air comes out. All the passion, all the zest
comes out, and that’s the reason depression can be called a
crushed spirit. A crushed spirit. Now, You see the cause of
depression is found in several Verses. Look at Verse 3, the latter part
of Psalm 42. He says, “While they say to me
all day long, ‘Where is your God?'” That will lead you into
depression. If there are people around you
that all day long, day after day, a problem comes up and they
say, “Well, where is your God?” Or a situation comes up and they
say, “Well, are you a Christian?” And all day long,
they are questioning, they are belittling, they’re challenging
day, after day, after day. “Where is God? Well, if there is a God…” And
you have people that surround us, and if you’re surrounded by
individuals like that, let me tell you something: They will
beat you up and you’ll have to battle with the, as Winston
Churchill called it, “The black dog.” Churchill would say “The
black dog of depression has come into my house…” He was talking
about darkness, being into a pit where there is no light. And by the way, let me say up
front people say, “Well, if you’re a Christian, you can’t be
depressed…” Not so! Many great saints in history
battled with depression, with despondency, with negativity,
with problems that absolutely overwhelm them. Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
arguably one of the great communicators of the Gospel in
the last century always had to face almost every week,
depression. So don’t let anybody out-pious
you. Look at another aspect of
depression. Uh, look at the middle of
Verse same Chapter, of Verse Number 9. It says, “Why do I go mourning? Because of the oppression of the
enemy.” In other words, every time there’s somebody there who
is opposing you. You know, whatever it is,
they’re there as the opposition. They’re there to confront. That will lead you into
depression. Look what else you see in
Verse 10. “As a shattering of my bones, my
adversaries revile me while they say to me all day long, ‘Where’s
your god?'” They laugh! Heh, heh, heh! “I mean, you still believe the
Bible is true? I mean, where have you been? Did you ever go to school? I mean what kind… oh, ho, ho!”
They revile, they laugh, they criticize all day long. They question. That will just beat any believer
up, any individual up. It will throw us into
depression. And what kind of people are
these that are around the Psalmist? He, people like we know. Look at the second part of
Verse 1 in Chapter 43. He says, “O’ deliver me from the
deceitful and unjust person.” They’re deceitful. They, they’re conniving and
they’re unjust. By that, they don’t know the
difference in right and wrong. They don’t know the Difference
in that which is just and that which is unjust. Just surround anybody here with
folks like this “Well, where is your God?” with folks that are
always opposing you and questioning you look what it
says, “…all day long. All day long.” Read that twice. And they revile. They laugh. The worst thing they can do is
laugh at us. We don’t, we don’t like to be
laughed at. “Oh, ho, ho, man, look at you! I’m just so… my goodness!”
See, they revile, undercut… and they’re deceitful
people, empty people. And they don’t know justice the
difference in right and wrong, and what is honorable, what is
dishonorable; what is profane, and what is of God, see? Surround us like that, folks,
ladies and gentlemen, and it will beat you down, and you will
be depressed. Now, we see here the causes of
depression, and we see now the symptoms of depression in the
life of the Psalmist. Stay with me! He confesses, he lays the
symptoms out clearly. I want you to see them here. His first symptom is one of
dryness. We can identify with that in our
depression. Look what he says, Verse 1,
Chapter 42. “As the deer pants for the water
brooks, so my soul pants for you,
O’ God! My soul thirsts for God, for the
Living God. When shall I come and appear
before God?” It is like a deer that is looking for water and
runs to a brook, and the brook is dry, and there’s no moisture
in the sand. You see it? And therefore, he is panting. There is the feeling of dryness. When we’re oppressed,
sometimes we’re dry. Right? We are not interested in
anything; we don’t care about anything;
we’ve bottomed out. I use the expression, “I’m out
of bullets; I’m empty; I’m dry.” This is what the Psalmist is
saying. That’s how oppression and, and
depression manifested itself. He said, “I’m dry.” Also, he
says, “I’m drowning.” Look at it
in the same Chapter. Look at uh, Verse 7. “Deep calls to deep at the sound
of your waterfalls, all the breakers and your waters have
rolled over me.” There is the dryness that comes from
depression, and there is the waters that have rolled over me. In other words, we’re, we’re
depressed. We feel like we’re drowning. Ever feel like that? I’m just drowning… there, is so much there’s so
much conflict. There are so many barriers. There, is so much
heartache. There’s so much brokenness, and
I’m so sick… And so we feel like we’re all the world is on
top of us. We’re drowning, another sign of
depression. Then the other sign of
depression is we lose heart. By the way, you find, you find
dryness in the first stanza of this hymn. You, you found drowning in the
second stanza. In the third stanza, beginning
with the 43rd Chapter, you find you lose heart.
You’re disheartened. And we see that all the way
through Verse 2: “For you are the God of my strength. Why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of
the oppression of my enemies?” See, you lose heart. You lose your passion. You use, use a real desire to
get up in the morning, and you’re disheartened. So the Psalmist says, “Hey…” We see what caused his
depression. Did you get that? And then we see what happens, the kind of depression
he had, dryness. He felt like he was drowning,
and he lost his heart. Now what is the cure for
depression? What is the answer for
depression? The Psalmist has it built in has
it built in. I want you to see it here very
clearly. All of this is a prayer, Chapter
43. He says, “Vindicate me, O’ God,
and plead my case against an ungodly nation.” Verse 2: “For
You are my God. You are the God of my strength,
and You have why have You rejected me?” And then he goes
here in Verse Number 3: “O’ send Your light and Your Truth, and
then lead me. Let them bring me to Your holy
hill, and to Your dwelling place. Then I will go to the altar of
God. To God my exceeding joy and upon
the lyre (that’s the harp) I shall sing praise to You, O’
God, my God.” What do we do? We’re depressed. Number one, the Psalmist, he
just wouldn’t let go. When you read this, do you have any problem knowing
he’s depressed? Do you see the words
there? You can’t miss it! He’s depressed. We have to start and let go and
say, “I’m gonna take all my depression and let it come out
in the light.” See, depression speaks of darkness, and coming
out of depression, we walk in the light. The Psalmist says, “I’m gonna
let go. I’m depressed. I’m down. I don’t have the joy of
God, the joy of worship, the joy of people… I’m down.”
That’s the first thing we do. We just let go.
We let go. That is very, very important. We have to just get honest. A lot of people come and say,
“You know, I’m depressed. I don’t know why…” I’d say,
“Really?” “Yeah….” I’d say, “Well, guess at it…” You know they guess it almost
the first time? And a lot of times, we just
don’t face we just don’t face up to this, and that is so very
important that we face up to it. You see it? What’s another thing of
depression? Look here in the Scripture. It’s clear, and it’s
plain to us. Then he says the next thing:
“Remember…” Look at Verse 4. “These things I remember.” Look
at Verse 6. “Therefore, I remember you.”
When we’re depressed, we have to go back and remember. Remember the time you felt close
to God. Remember that joy. Listen if you are blessed, you
can’t be depressed! You gotta remember where we are.
Remember who we are in Christ. Remember His grace.
Remember His second chance. Remember the joy of the Lord.
We have to remember. God has given us a memory so we
can look back in dark moments and say, “Yes! I remember that hallelujah time! Yes! I remember that glorious
time…” Then the third thing you have to do first of all,
you let go, right? You let go. You bring it all out in the
light, your depression. Next thing you do, you remember
greater, better days when God was there. That’s what the Psalmist did all
the way through this hymn. And then finally, what do you
do? You talk to yourself. Boy… When you wake up in the
morning, is anybody talking to you? Yeah!
They are! You, yourself is talking to you.
I wake up every morning. Myself is saying something to
me. Yours is too. Now the Psalmist says,
“Look don’t listen to yourself. Talk to yourself! If you just listen to all your
human, rational kind of thinking, when you wake up, you
talk to yourself and say, “God…” Let me, let me,
let me explain this. Remember who you are, what
you’re about. You talk to yourself. See, we listen to ourselves; we
don’t deal with our depression. I listen to myself. I say, “Well, I’m depressed
because I made some mistakes…” No, usually we’re depressed
because we made some poor choices. You know the difference between
a mistake and a choice? Radically different. Here is someone who is walking
in the forest. Beautiful day. They need to go through the
forest in order to get home, and they walk through the forest
and, and it’s just a magnificent walk, and they suddenly look
away, and they don’t notice, and they trip and fall over a cliff
and break their neck. That’s a mistake.
Right? A choice would be, here’s
someone. It is night. He does not have to walk through
the forest, but he decides to walk through the forest, and
there is a bright sign there saying, “No Trespassing.” He
goes farther in the forest, and it says, “Danger Ahead.” He
moves on in the forest, and there’s a big sign that says,
“Turn Around And Go Back.” And then he trips and falls over the
cliff and breaks his neck. He can’t say, “I made a
mistake!” He made a choice! Therefore, when we find
ourselves depressed… see, a mistake… If I say something
I didn’t mean to say, and I can go to you and say, “You know, I
want you to forgive me. I didn’t, I just didn’t speak
properly…” “Sure, I’ll forgive you. Everybody makes mistakes…” But
if I purposely decide to put you down and to slander you, and to
misinterpret you, and abuse you, and I do it over a period of
time, I’ve made a choice. So a lot of times in order to
let go of depression; we have to realize we haven’t made a
mistake “Oh, it’s just a mistake…” We made a choice, and with
choices, we have to confess. We have to seek to make
restitution. There has to be probably some
tears of remorse. There has to be repentance, and
there has to be a humbling and an asking for forgiveness. Do you see the difference? We haven’t really dealt with the
basic problem that was pushing us down under the water. Now, we have to make different
choices. And I want you to see the
choices, the change that the psalmist begins to make. Look at here. He says right here, Chapter 43,
Verse Number 3: “O send Your light…” Other words, he chose
the presence of God. That’s light, God’s light, isn’t
it? “…and send Your Truth.”
He chose the Person of God. That’s Truth. “…and then lead me and let
them bring me to Your holy hill and to your dwelling place.” He
chose the precepts of God. That’s the Word of God. Verse 4: “Then I will go to the
altar of God.” He chose the people of God.
He hadn’t been worshipping; he hadn’t been going to church
with other people. He chose the people of God. Then he says, “And to God my
exceeding joy, and, I will upon the lyre, upon the
harp, I shall praise You, O’ God, my God.” He chose the
praise of God. See what I’m saying? If we’re going to come out of
depression, we’ve got to do like the psalmist did. We’ve got to change our choices. You’ve got to choose the Person
of God. You’ve gotta choose the presence
of God. You’ve got to choose to live by
the precepts of God. He’ll put you on the path. You, you have to choose the
people of God that is the corporate worship together. And then finally, you have to
choose to praise God. You can’t be depressed when
you’re always being blessed. And we come out of it.
Now, you remember Jesus? When He sent out those Apostles
the first time; He got all the Apostles. He sent them out in two’s to
heal, and to preach, and to do His work?
Can you remember that? That’s an event in the story of
His life? And when all the Apostles went
out; when they came back to Jesus, what do you think He did? Did He say, “Oh, let’s bow and
pray and ask God to help us as we’ve touched all these lives?”
No. Did He say, “Let’s get a new
strategy of evangelism so we can go out and touch more people for
the Kingdom of God?” Did He tell His Apostles, they came back is
that what He said? No.
What did He say? He said, “Come apart and rest.”
Hhmm… That’s not pious enough for
some of us, is it? They were exhausted, down.
They’d been beaten up by people. They’d been out in ministry;
they’d been doing their thing, fulfilling their vocational
call, and they came to Jesus. He said, “Come apart and rest.”
Vance Havner, an old evangelist said, “If you don’t rest, you’ll
come apart.” Heh-heh. See, one sign of depression is,
you want to sleep all the time. You don’t want to be with
people. You just want to sleep, sleep,
sleep, sleep, sleep. If that’s the symptom of your
depression, you need to listen to Ezekiel. The theme of the Book of Ezekiel
is found in two Verses, and they say the same thing. “The Spirit of the Lord came
upon me and stood me on my feet…” and if you want to sleep
all the time in your depression, let me tell you: The Spirit of
the Lord, if you’ll invite Him in your life, will come upon you
and stand you on your feet! So you need to wake up! Now by the same token, if your
depression is one of hyperactivity “Man, I don’t want
to face all this. I’m gonna have more
recreation; I’m gonna travel. I’m gonna read. I’m gonna have television
blaring. I’m gonna have something in my
ear. I’m gonna be computing, and
faxing, and whatever we do telegraphing whatever you’re
doing “Man, I’m just gonna be… ’cause I don’t want to face the
depths of my despair!” If that’s you, your problem is not
sleeping too much; you’re trying to cover over the
malady and the darkness in your
life by activity. If that’s you, come apart and
rest. Elijah, the classic
illustration of a depressed person
in the Bible. He had a mountaintop experience,
and now he’s depressed, and he run from Jezebel, and he’s out
there in the wilderness, and the angel comes to him and says,
“Here, I prepared you some food. Now go to sleep.” Elijah wakes
up. He said, “Here, eat some more. Go back to sleep.” Some of us
need to rest, or we’ll come apart. That’ll help your depression. Others of us need to understand
the Spirit of God will come in us and set us on our feet, and
we need to wake up. Some need to go to sleep; some
need to wake up. And the bottom line then you
know what we can sing? Look at your screen again, this
great, great chorus. Look at it!
Look at it. “Fix my eyes on God…” that’s
the first thing we do, “…and soon I’ll
be praising again! He puts a smile on my face
because…” say it with me “He’s my God!” All right… He
puts a smile on my face. Say that. (Audience, “He puts a smile on
my face.”) All fifteen of you
say that. (Audience, “He puts a smile on
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