Dallas Willard once said that if you are feeling down, even depressed, you should start reading the Psalms, preferably aloud. Yesterday, I needed a pick me up and I randomly selected Psalm 16 as a starting point. Here is some of what I read:
I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
So, keeping verse 8 in mind, I set out to keep the “Lord always before me” so that I will not be shaken. I didn’t close up my Bible and skip out of the room on a spiritual high but I did understand that if I was going to shake the blues I was under I needed to focus less on myself and my own predicament and much more on my Lord, who “will not abandon me.”
Thank you Lord for the Psalms, a ready remedy for the blues.