“O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.”
In Psalm 88, The Bible reveals that even David, a strong man of faith, faced despair. He pours out his heart in agony yet trusts that God will rescue him. When we persevere amid depression or anxiety, the weight of our hurt can become bearable and brightened by finding a new ally in the darkness. Our journey may be long, but hope will be with us with every step until we can eventually glimpse into a joyful future.
Even when things seem hopeless, our faith gives us peace, allowing us to press on with more strength. Sometimes darkness can intrude our minds and hearts like a thick fog, but taking solace in the Word of God makes it less overwhelming. Having hope brings light into that ever-so-daunting darkness. It can be our close friend when facing chronic pain or mental illness.
We may stumble from time to time but always maintain sight of the ultimate goal—drawing close to Jesus and worshipping Him.
Dear Lord, sometimes dark thoughts and fears overcome my mind. I desperately need You to fill me with hope and renewed joy so I can experience freedom. Please help me cling to You and my faith no matter what. In Jesus’ Name, amen.