David’s dark song, Psalm 142, concludes with a final request and a bold prediction.
Bring my soul out of prison,
So that I may give thanks to Your name;
The righteous will surround me,
For You will deal bountifully with me. (142:7)
In 142:5–6, David asked the Lord to change his circumstances: to deal justly with his persecutors and to honor His promise to make David king. But he also recognized the greater need for God to change his state of mind. He asked to be released from the mental, emotional prison of depression. Then his song takes a dramatic turn. It’s unlikely his attitude had changed before completing the hymn. Nevertheless, he decided to change his tune—literally.
It is greatness of character and a life with depth that earns the respect of others. Those who have been honed and buffeted, bruised and melted in the furnace of affliction, and then emerge with emotional stability and inner strength—they are the ones who have a ministry in the lives of others.
So then, if you are in the cave of depression, call upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Hold nothing back. You can trust Him to handle whatever you toss in His direction. Tell Him exactly how your situation is affecting you. If you are able, spell out precisely what you need at this time. Rely on Him. Do not doubt and do not waver. Stand firm.
Remember, you are in His schoolroom. He is the Teacher. He is giving you a lengthy examination in the crucible of suffering, and no one can give a more complete exam than our Lord! I commend this song to all who are undergoing the daily grind of depression today. It is food for your soul in the cave as the storm continues to roar.