Overcome Depression Now!
From the emptines, helplessness and worthlessness of depression in your life, to a life filled with praise and worship.
Depression can be overcome by Praise. Praise is a poweful antidote against depression. Your praise is a weapon against demonic forces.
The Lord is my strenght and my song; He has become my salvation.He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God and I will exhalt Him. (Exodus 15:2).
I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.( Psalm 7:17).
I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. (Psalm 13:6).
The Lord is my strenght and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. (Psalm 28:7).
When you say I will, that means you are determine to praise God. This is what is called a sacrifice or offering of praise.
I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. (Psalm 54:6).
Through Yeshua, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise -the fruit of our lips that confesses His name (Hebrews 13:15).
Your Praise becomes a sacrifice when you offer your praise to God because He deserves it and asks you to do it.
You may not feel like praising Him and in truth, it may be difficult for you to look beyond the difficulties in your life. Yet when you choose to open your lips and speak forth your adoration, gratitude and thanksgiving to God, you please Him.
Truly, you can always give the Lord some sacrifice. No, you probably won’t bring God a lamb, a sheep or a goat as the Israelites did in the Tabernacle and the Temple. This does not free you, however, from the responsibility of bringing Him a gift when you come to worship Him. Praise from an obedient heart is the gift that pleases God the most. You may not have anything else to bring Him but you can always give Him this sacrifice of praise.
Hebrews call this the “fruit of our lips”. Fruit speaks of a harvest. Farmers will tell you that bringing in the crops is hard work. Sometimes praise requires the same effort. Instead of calling people and waiting for them to minister to you when you are having a hard time, why don’t you go ahead and have your own praise service. Sacrifice your hurt feelings, your financial problems, or your troubles with your boss or your wife or your son or daughter on the altar of praise.
Make it your conscious choice to lay aside all that pulls you down or makes you afraid or causes you to feel like giving up, and open your mouth and talk to God. Tell Him how wonderful He is. Tell Him that you are glad He is on your side. Tell Him that He is worth more to you than everything else in the world.
- This sacrifice of praise won’t cost you any money, but it will cost you your self-centredness and your natural tendency to dwell on wharever is wrong in your life. Giving God your sacrifice of praise means that you choose to dwell on Him instead of yourself. Your mouth is filled with all that is good in your life instead of everything that is bad. This sacrifice can never be forced from you by someone else. You may sing or raise your hands because someone tells you to, but outward show is not inward praise. A sacrifice of praise comes from inside you. It is your will taking control over your emotions and doing what God wants and empowers you to do.
When you sacrifice a thanks giving offering to the Lord, sacrifice it in a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.