A Song About Depression, Pt. 2
Building off of last week's message, this week we took another look at Psalm 42-43 and Pastor Phill shared three lessons of wisdom as it relates to our world's current crisis of depression. Those three hope-filled lessons are: (1) Psalm 42 and 43 teaches us that God knows and understands depression better than we do…so we can trust him; (2) Psalm 42 and 43 teaches us that even the very best believers struggle with depression…so we can stop beating ourselves up; (3) Psalm 42 and 43 teaches us realistic responses to depression, not immediate cures…so talk to God, talk to yourself, and do both of these things in a covenant community.
- How does this song of wisdom give us something practical wisdom for our lives?
- How does this psalm show us that God understands depression more than us?
- What do you see and have you experienced the difference between sadness and depression?
- Are there moments in your life or others’ lives where you/they have experienced depression? How did you/they respond to God in that time?
- How has the Bible helped to connect to your or others’ depression? What passages were they?
- What variety of depression have you seen in the word? what varieties have you seen of experienced in the lives of people?
- What have you experienced when you pray like the psalms to God?
- What are ways you can grow in empathy towards those who are struggling?
- What can I learn about God from the doctrine of Psalm 42 & 43?
- How do we know that true believers experience deep depression? How have you seen believers in the word and outside the word have depression?
- How do we see in God’s word that personal sin is not always connected to depression?
- What does it look like to talk to God, talk to yourself, and to do it corporately with depression?
- Do you understand what it means to talk with yourself like Martin Lloyd-Jones says and not to talk back to yourself the truth of the gospel? What does it look like? What promises and truths would you and/or the word say to talk back to yourself?
- How does faithfully coming to corporate worship help us know the truths of God’s word and share it with others? What are examples you can think of?