“For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly” - Psalm 136:6
Lowly - This is a word found in scripture that can be used to describe a depressed person, or someone who has fallen on hard times, whether that would be financially or otherwise. Feeling depressed is part of being human and I trust that all of us have encountered it at some point.
The Bible though talks a lot about duration. Feeling depressed is normal, but staying depressed is not. Many Psalms urge the Christian to press on and to turn away from feeling lowly. How do we do that practically? In Philippians 4:8, Paul says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” We have the ability to focus on the things that Paul listed in his letter to the church at Philippi. When we’re feeling depressed, find the things that are praiseworthy and think about these things. I’ve always found that giving thanks for the things that you do have are a great way to work our times of depression.
I think my grandmother used to call this, “counting your blessings.”
There some truth to that cliché’.