Scriptures Against Depression


Grief-and-Depression350-webDepression is real, and if you are fighting it you are not alone. Depression seems to have been the bane of many of life’s great leaders. In the Bible, Moses, Elijah, David, and Job all had to deal with it. In the secular world, Sir Winston Churchill called depression his ‘black dog’, and Ernest Hemingway referred to it as ‘the artist’s reward’.

President Abraham Lincoln battled depression and suicide all his adult life. There were times when for his own safety he would not allow himself carry a knife. Read about Lincoln turning to the Bible to relieve his depression. Let the Scriptures help you just like they have helped so many of us. And sometimes depression can be a purely spiritual thing, read this – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God.

Depression is the physical and emotional result of hopelessness – the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. We live in a world devoid of hope, and depression is the emotional product of that reality. The only thing that will actually change one’s life sufficiently as to destroy the cause, mechanics, and effects of depression is God’s hope and His word of hope. The answer is to get God’s hope back inside of you.

Hope will let you again see the ‘future positive possibility’ of your life. Without seeing it you will have no motivation or strength. The good Word of God, and the good word of others to you, can change the outlook and condition or your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it with the Word of God. (Also, confess the scriptures on Hopelessness.) Anyone who is among the living has hope.

God’s hope encourages, motivates, and keeps you on the road to faith, peace, and victory. And if you suffer from deep ongoing depression, seek out and get help. And please read this – Helping Others Is God’s Prescription for Depression. Send me a comment, we love you  and we want to help you. You are important and you have value. You are not alone. With God’s help, you will climb out of this hole.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 Holman Christian Standard Bible

These scriptures on depression will give you hope and will build your faith. Confess and meditate on them to win the fight against depression. The key is not losing Hope. Allow the hope of God to seep back into you. Remember, there is a real Person (God) behind each and every one of these promises. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.

Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 27:14 –  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.

Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)

Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.

Mark 9:23 – Everything is possible for him who believes.

Romans 4:18-22  – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall they seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:6-7  – Nevertheless God, that comforts, those that are depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (7) And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Read how Lincoln Turned to the Bible to Manage His Depression and other articles: Scriptures Against HopelessnessScriptures Against WorryNew Testament Scriptures on Faith & BelievingDo God’s Promises Cover What You Want?

Comments 367

  1. catherine Findlay

    Yes Gail thats fine. I share all my poems on Fb and also am waiting to see if a wee collection i have made into a book will pass review, all for God’s glory. And also for the purpose of letting other addicts see there is a way out.

  2. catherine Findlay

    Here are some of my poems, this first one is from 2011….On the Edge!

    Standing at the ecge of the abyss

    Wanting to jump, there must be more than this

    I don’t understand

    I need Your help Lord

    Catch me before I leap and leave this land

    The mess I’ve made

    The lying games I played

    Stealing, lying, just to get

    The next drink to oblivion

    Crying myself to sleep

    Hating, feel only disgust for me

    Supposed to be model daughter

    Minister Dad, No I just bad

    Bad,sad,great life I had

    Till ugly drink made it stink

    Lord, from the brink

    You caught me

    No longer I think

    Of that person I was

    I’m renewed, refined

    Oh God divine

    Your child returns

    Written in 2010…..
    Look at me!

    What do you see when you look at me?

    Bloodied face, tousled hair

    Crying deep inside myself

    What do you see?

    To you am I just a washed up alki?

    Don’t give a second glance

    Not even a chance

    To talk to help you understand

    I used to be like you

    Clean respectable

    Good job, polished shoes

    Can you see that?

    Still have a family,only just

    Welfare services now a must

    Wanting the pain to go away

    So back to the bottle i again stray

    God, where are you?

    I cannot see

    But I know this is not where I should be

    All these thoughts around my mind

    Please can’t you see

    The real me

    Through all the blood and dirt disguise

    I could be you, you could be me

    We are not really different you and me

    Just a person who took the wrong road

    Who needs to find her road back to God

    Fill Me!

    The calmness of my heart

    Is a new feeling for me

    To sit with You in the quiet

    Just listening, letting You be….

    Letting You be in my head

    Filling my heart with Your love

    Such beautiful sounds and thoughts

    You send down upon me from above

    Lord, I feel You changing me

    I want more and more

    Pour out Your anointing oil

    And allow my heart to sore…

    Keep filling me Lord

    And each new day

    I will speak from Your Word

    And honour You in all I do and say


  3. catherine Findlay

    Dear Gail,
    I am going to work soon but when i have time i will gladly post some of my older ones when i was in a dark place and also ones that show the difference when God pulled me through. I was a Christian before all my alcohol troubles. A ministers daughter. Depression, alcoholism knows no bounds. But thanks be to God He never takes His hand of us when we turn away.

  4. catherine Findlay

    A Light Shines Through Your Darkness(For Times Of Depression and Despair)

    In the darkness of our sadness there is a Light

    A Light that shines through for me and you

    Whatever troubles our hearts

    God’s Love always shines through

    In the dark recess of our minds

    When we go through some hard times

    God’s Love shines through for me and you

    No matter the trouble and sorrow

    He makes sure there’s a brighter tomorrow

    We need only look up, not down

    Knowing we move onward to the Crown

    So my friend don’t feel alone

    That all hope is gone

    Cling to that faith that’s seen you through

    Pray with me , and for me, and I for you

    1. Gail Roberts

      This is so beautiful! Thank you for posting this. I was going to ask you if you felt comfortable posting your poetry! I kept thinking about asking you so this is great! I’ve never had this kind of gift! I’m a bit of an artist and I can play music and even write songs, but I’ve never been able to write poetry.

    2. Gail Roberts

      I’ve created a little file for all of these poems that you’ve written! I want to take my time going through them, and want to review them when I get a chance. I have a cousin whose been in big trouble with alcohol addiction and I might forward one or two of these to him if that is OK?

  5. catherine Findlay

    I have been on anti depressants off and on most of my adult life. I ended up an alcoholic for over 10 years but have been sober for over 5 now. I suffer chronic pain and have to work as a cleaner and it doesnt help painwise. I also have problem at home which i have coped with for 23 years and every now and again it gets to me. I am a Christian and hide this very well but when alone i crumble. I write poetry about my alcoholism and how God pulled me from it, to help others but this depression keeps coming back. I am not on anti depressants at the moment. Keep bursting into tears for no reason and hide at work qhen i feel it about to happen

    1. Gail Roberts

      You mention that you burst into tears and you think there is no reason. There are reasons for your tears though you may not be able to access those cognitively right now. Physiologically extremely powerful toxin’s literally fall out of the tear ducts when we cry, so God has given you this mechanism for healing and you may notice that there is a sense of relief after tears. Sometimes there is greater angst when we are unable to cry. Tears are a gift even if you can’t access the reason now. I would have taken anti-depressants myself except that I witnessed years of prescription drug abuse perpetrated against my brother by psychiatrists. He got worse and worse, so over time I began to believe that something was terribly wrong with psychiatric practice and the cocktails of toxins they routinely give to patients. They will tell you that you’ve got a chemical imbalance to get you to take the drugs, hopefully for life, and then the pharmacists can laugh all the way to the bank.
      I’m very sorry to hear of your chronic physical pain. I have more physical ailments in my life now that I’m older, sometimes I wonder if they act as a safety valve for my emotions, but I don’t have to work right now and have been able to afford very cheap acupuncture. You mentioned the problem at home that you’ve coped with for 23 years. You may not be able to divulge or write of these events in a forum, but journaling about this can be powerful if you haven’t already. God can work with our pain more easily if we are able to express it more easily.
      If you can put your successes with abstinence from alcohol to work for other people, you will definitely help other people, but most of all yourself. This will work much better for you than anti-depressants. I like your line, “God pulled me from it to help others.” This is your ticket to health and empowerment, and maybe even a new line of work. Let us know how things are going!

  6. Tom

    On February 15th 2012 I attempted to take my own life and I was in a coma for two days. I had gone to my brothers grave where I believe the pain in my life started. I am told when the paramedics reached me I was not breathing and they inserted a breathing tube into my throat and CPR had to be performed. It’s time for me to go to sleep but I can’t because of my anxiety. My days are filled with anxiety so much I feel the pain in my muscles. My head is full of confusion…. will I be allowed to go to heaven after my attempt? It is so hard for me just to get out of bed and go to work. I am telling my testimony to many people and some have been open to discuss but at the same time I feel very ashamed for what I did. I’m asking God what am I here for? Why did you save me? I had not drawn in over 20 years and now I draw to help me calm down.

    1. Gail Roberts

      I feel as I read your post that you are a very brave and courageous person. I think you’ve had tremendous hardship and this certainly develops courage. God forgives you and Jesus forgives you! This is a given! The real work for you is to forgive yourself.
      It’s amazing to me that you can go to work considering all that has taken place in your life. Can you take time off from your work? Eventually there will be an answer for your question, “God what am I here for? Why did you save me?” There will be answers to these questions. You might have to wait for those answers, but they will be there. Even now your post has created a response in me! I’ve felt compelled to answer your post, and I feel inspired by the tremendous challenge your life has presented to you. Those questions you asked might be answered in miraculous and joyful ways. It’s wise and powerful that you’ve reached out in the way that you have. I hope that you’ve recovered fully from the physical part of your ordeal.
      I hope you can learn to treat yourself with special love and kindness. God has great plans for you! This is the truth! Thank you for your post and keep writing!

  7. Dartagnan Byrd

    Hi all
    I thank those who replied to me previously for the advice. It has worked but I’m still in the midst of the battle. I’m having anxiety and depression here and there and sometimes I feel hopeless. I pray and ask God for help and it works for the most part but sometimes it’s overwhelming. If anybody has more advice it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless

  8. mufaro

    Thank you gail..:) are Godsend…Alisa..pray for me and I’ll pray for you..we’ve been made overcomers in this life trough the blood of jesus christ..

  9. mufaro

    Thank you gail..:)…its comforting to actualy be able yo talk to other peoplr who have gone through the are truly Godsent
    I am still having trouble controlling my thoughts..I hope and pray I will be in the right state of mind soon…I know I will be okay soon a well as the other people going through this as well…its rilli tough and I feel like I’m alone in this world…i m even becoming socialy phobic little by little and its killing me cause I’ve always been somewhat a talkative character..I rilli hope thinhs will change soon..Christ..heal our hearts..

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