Listen, He Speaks
A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that there were times when the depression was almost unbearable. She is on her medication, she is praying, she is seeking ways to overcome. She is reaching out to friends for support, encouragement and prayer. But, there are still days that seem so heavy that it’s hard to breathe. I looked unto the hills for answers for my friend, because I must ask, where is God in the midst of depression? This verse comforts and convicts me personally, and I pray that it comforts her as well. I found once again, that when I listen, HE speaks.
Psalm 85:8 – I will hear what God the Lord will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly.
As I began to observe and study this verse I found several points that our Father has arranged for us in this Old Testament teaching.
- The word “hear” is shâma in Hebrew and it means to listen intelligently with the implication of attention and obedience.
- God is the word ‘êl and my favorite meaning of the many paragraphs of definitions is HERO. The Almighty, God of gods.
- Say – means to teach or promise, speak or answer.
- And then there is the description of His children – godly ones – in the Hebrew, we are called His châsîyd, the kind, faithful pious ones that spring from HIS mercy. We can be called “godly” solely because of His mercy.
- And here is the conviction, the instruction from my Hero. Do not return to your earlier “sluggish foolishness that is no longer alive to the fear of God.”
I know you’ve heard the old commercial, “when E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” His topic that caught the attention of so many was money, investment and financial prowess. It was insinuated that even at loud dinner parties, the mere mention of the name E. F. Hutton would cause a hush to fall over the room as people wanted to hear what he had to say. They wanted to learn what he knew. If he gave instruction, they would obey. E. F. Hutton was their financial hero.
I’m sure that after listening to and putting his advice into practice, there was a period of satisfaction, even joy if the investment paid off. But, what if it didn’t? What if the market crashed and your investment was lost? Instead of joy, there would be depression. Instead of happiness, there would be heaviness and a sense of failure.
General depression is similar. It is when we invest our livelihood in things we’ve learned by listening to the instruction and advice of the world, that we miss the rescue of our Hero. If we give our attention to deceptive philosophy…. as Colossians teaches us, we can fall into the black hole of depression.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
I love the fact that the Colossians’ verse assures us that Jesus Christ is a higher spiritual force than those we experience in this world. If we just listen to our Lord and obey His instruction and do not turn to “folly” that leads to a lack of fear/respect for Him, He will speak peace to our hearts. Peace to our minds. Peace to our souls. This is my encouragement to my friend. Listen for peace. Search the Word for peace. And if there’s anything I can do, I am here and I will also listen.