Yesterday, as I was working in my garden, which is nearly gone and overtaken with weeds, a fleeting thought, a Bible verse, came into my head. It was "Why art thou cast down, O my soul?" But I'm not sad, so I didn't understand why I thought about it. I looked it up last night and found the Psalm, and it's about depression. It makes perfect sense today and confirms that the Holy Spirit can grab control of my thoughts! Nothing is better than seeing his work come to life right before your eyes. Here's why:
Pharaoh's chief baker and cup bearer were imprisoned with Joseph for offending him. They had been there for a while, but both had awakened sorrowful, and Joseph noticed their sadness. You probably know the story; Joseph interpreted each dream, and it turned out that the cup bearer's dream was good, and he was about to be released from prison, but the baker's dream meant he would face execution.
The simple act of pulling weeds is removing the plants from the garden that you don't want growing there. After grubbing them out, my plants look much happier, relieving some of my stress. We all have things that stress us and crowd our minds; many are sinful behaviors that we need to stop. You can't keep sinning and expect to be happy.
In the story, Joseph noticed their sadness and tried to help. One got immediate gratification and handed his life, but the other had three days to think about his life ending and get right with the Lord. The point is that Joseph helped them; he saw their sadness and reached out to try and comfort them the best he knew how. Helping those who are sad is part of our job as a Christ-follower. Reach out to hurting people and do your best to bring them joy. Don't just tell them to pray about it; show your faith in God and pray for them while with them. Open your mouth and reach out to God on their behalf.
As far as that verse popping into my head, Matthew Henry used the exact words in his commentary on this section of scripture. Do you think God was telling me to cover depression today? I do, and it blows my mind!
And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day? Genesis 40:7
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalms 42:11