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"The entrance of thy words giveth light (Psalm 119:130)."

Unconfessed Sin & Depression

1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Interlude
 5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Interlude (Psalm 32:1-5 NLT)

The above psalm was written by David, Israel's most famous king and a man described as "a man after God's own heart." Many parents today continue to name their sons "David" in recognition of the courage and piety of this man.

However, David, in his latter years, committed a major transgression against God: While standing on the roof of his palace, he observed a married woman bathing, committed adultery with her and then arranged to have her husband killed to cover up his sin. As this psalm attests, even he couldn't escape the consequences of his sin.1

David came under God's judgement. He became badly depressed and remained so until he confessed his sin to God. Once he confessed his sin to God, David found relief from the depression, though other consequences remained. The same principle applies today.

Confessing and forsaking sin is a key to resolving depression and other mental health issues. Always remember that you have a responsibility to God to behave as He has commanded you. And that God punishes those who disobey.

1 Although this Psalm is generally assumed to refer David's sin with Bathsheeba, it could actually refer to any sin in David's life.

 

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Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.