I don’t have a methodical plan to have orderly postings of the healing of depression through the body, soul, and spirit. Instead, I depend on the leading of the Lord to bring to mind the sequence of postings as He sees fit. And so, He has brought to mind that it’s time for something spiritual.
In Chapter 61 of Isaiah, the first verse, Isaiah is prophesying the coming of Jesus:
He [the Father] has sent me [Jesus] to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
Isn’t this a rather profound description of depression? Those in depression are
brokenhearted, captives to the spirit of depression, and in a darkness that pervades their comings and goings. Jesus came to save and to heal, and here it is prophesied that he will heal those who are depressed. Those of you who are in severe or major depression, hang on to this promise from God. How he does that in any one person’s life is a plan that only He can carry out. I found in my own depression that my timetable was not His timetable, nor were my thoughts on my condition His thoughts. I was in a black box of depression, and in His time He brought me out of the box on the other side.
Psalm 147, the third verse, the psalmist is speaking of what he has observed God doing in the lives of his people:
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
That’s what I find amazing in the Bible. Two different writers, who probably were not aware of what the other wrote, carry the same theme of God working in the lives of those who are depressed.
So, it is the healing of the body through medication, exercise, proper nutrition and the like; the healing of the soul through psychotherapy, soothing music, positive self-talk and the like; and the healing of the spirit through God’s promises, a spiritual advisor, soaking worship music and the like.