What To Do When You’re Depressed: Entering God’s Secret Place
One thing’s for sure. Life has its ups and downs. Am I right? Sure is good to know there is a place where we can go when troubles come. A place where God is–where He doesn’t allow just anybody to go.
I wanna tell you about this place.
I’ll open up with you a bit.
I’ve battled anxiety and depression over the last few years. The last year and a half has been much better, though. One thing that has helped most was powerful passages like Psalm 27.
When David wrote Psalm 27, I can imagine him stressed, pressured, and battling depression. Why else would he write something so profound about God’s bringing him out of such a place of darkness?
Read Psalm 27:1-5. Then come back here. Seriously, read it now. 🙂
Did you get that? Wicked people came against David. He viewed them as evil ones ready to devour his very flesh. And an army encamped against him? Sound pretty dark to me.
Because of all this, he was tempted to be overcome with fear.
Have you been there? Have you been to a place where fear traps you, restricts you? I have.
A few years ago I went through 2 solid years of deep depression. If you haven’t felt depression, it was like a heavy, thick darkness that encompassed me and restricted me. I had severe anxiety attacks that left me unable to function.
This Psalm is one of my favorite passages from where I get my joy, peace, and power. And one of my favorite parts is in verses 4 and 5.
One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
What Do You Seek?
It starts with my desiring to be with my Father in His house.
Have you noticed that when you’re sad or depressed you eagerly desire something comfortable and familiar? I do. David’s comfort and familiarity came from being in the presence of God in His house.
What place do you seek? Only the presence of God is sufficient.
How God Response to Our Desire
“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me…”
I don’t have to find a place to withdrawal. He has a place for me. And this is the place I want to tell you about. A place unlike any other.
The NKJV calls it God’s pavilion. But really it’s His dwelling place.
The pavilion means God’s home. The place where God rests. And He brings us there. We ask–He responds.
But it gets better. His home has a secret place.
“In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me.”
During David’s time most of the homes of that culture had a private dwelling area just for the owner of the home. This was the special place where he could go to refresh, reflect, rejuvenate (insert any other re- words here).
In many cases no one else was allowed in this private place. Just the owner.
This is the secret place David referred to in Ps. 27:5.
That’s right. God wants us to be with Him in His holiest place. His most private chambers.
The Great Creator, Almighty, Most High God wants you to be with Him there.
It is in this place where you fully rest. You can cry on His shoulder. Or as my friend, Dennis Jernigan, wrote in the powerful song, you can just sit with Him a while.
Such sweet fellowship.
What place do you desire the most today? Our Father invites you to be with Him in His most secret place. Just you and Him. All you have to do is ask.
Question: Have you battled depression? What do you tend to do? How has spending time in God’s pavilion helped you?
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