Times of sadness, depression, or hopelessness happens to us all. In the Bible, in Psalms 42, it describes a person with a broken heart, tearfully crying day and night.
Many people struggle with sadness and grief, and feelings of confusion, loneliness, and rejection.
Some may pressure us to “Be happy!” or “Go out and DO something!” If we are not merry and thrill-seeking, then often we are ridiculed or rejected. Generally, we tend to go to great efforts to hide our sadness. We seem ashamed to admit despair or discouragement.
The Book Of Psalms
In the book of Psalms, we can see many passages where King David was confused, in despair, or feeling the pain of rejection. Psalms 88 talks about someone whose soul is full of troubles, and whose friends have shunned and forsaken him.
But the most important person who knows troubles is our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. Psalms 22 in particular refers to His despair and troubles. The agony and reproach that Yahushua experienced was very real and painful! Isaiah 53:3 tells us that Yahushua was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.
The Saviour is fully acquainted with sadness, troubles, rejection. He knows what it means to cry out to God with strong crying and tears (Hebrews 5:7). Yahushua understands completely our problems.
As we saw in He Inclined His Ear Unto Me, Yahushua wants us to talk to Him and share our problems with Him. He has a promise for anyone who comes to Him with a true and sincere heart: “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out!” (John 6:37)
He is A Very Present Help!
If we are walking through a time of sadness, trouble and trials, God promises us that if we will draw near to Him, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], then He will draw near to us (James 4:8)!
The Heavenly Father is a “very present help” — that means He is here with us NOW:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble! Yahuwah [the LORD] of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!” (Psalms 46:1,7)
Yahuwah is with us, if we will simply begin to humble ourselves and talk to Him!
King David knew this: “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me” (Psalms 23:4)!
Finding help, finding genuine hope and relief from our depression or troubles comes when we ‘draw near’ and begin to talk to Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], admitting our need and our problems to Him.
- If you have never talked with the LORD, never given your life to Him, then please see the article: Good News!
When we honestly humble ourselves, opening up to Yahuwah [the LORD, the Heavenly Father], talking to Him about our hurts, troubles, confusion, then the Holy Spirit is present and ready to reveal a remedy and a healing. But we must begin to talk to Him, cry out to Him:
Then they cry unto Yahuwah [the LORD] in their trouble, and He saves them out of their distresses. (Psalms 107:19)
I sought Yahuwah [the LORD], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalms 34:4)
Confess (open up, admit) your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. (James 5:16)
… whoso confesses (open up, admit) and forsakes them (his sins) shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)
Look unto me (Yahuwah Elohim), and be ye saved (rescued)! (Isaiah 45:22)
By these verses, we can see that talking with Yahuwah [the LORD] is the right direction for finding mercy, help, and healing for our souls!
It may take some time, patience, and persistence on our part because some sorrows and wounds are very deep. But there is mercy, healing, and salvation [deliverance] for us when we simply look to, that is begin to talk to the Heavenly Father, acknowledging our need for Him.
When we open up, talk to God and tell Him our problems, praying in the name of our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah (John 14:13,14), then He can begin to restore our hope. We will begin to sense His peace, His guidance, and His presence.
Derek Prince said it this way: “If you are feeling lonely, perplexed and you don’t know where to turn, remember: God is just as near to you as a prayer. ‘The Lord is near to all who call upon Him’ (Psalm 145:18-20)! There are no exceptions. Try calling upon Him and see what He will do for you.”
Seeking Father, by prayer and by the reading of His Word, is the pathway to knowing His comfort, mercy, and hope (Romans 15:4 and 1Thessalonians 5:8)!
Things of the Heart
Our sadness and confusion are warning signals for us to seek our Heavenly Father and talk to Him. The things of the heart are very deep. Can we allow the Holy Spirit to search the depth of our soul? If we will be patient and yield to the tender nudges of the Holy Spirit, He will guide us, work within us, and bring us into a healing.
In times of despair and grief, Father will sometimes lead us to open up to another fellow Believer — a trusted brother or sister in His family. Consider asking Father for His guidance to find someone to pray with you — someone you can trust to help you find Yahuwah’s ways and comfort. But be certain to share your needs with someone who will guide you according to the Word of God [the Bible], for it is by God’s Word that we find Yahuwah’s true restoration.
We must be patient in our search for God’s healing and restoration! God’s ways are not always instaneous. God waits on us too. He wants to see if we are really sincere. Furthermore, healing wounds and brokenness of the heart requires the Holy Spirit to do a deep work within us, and this takes time:
… The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. (1Corinthians 2:10,11)
Yahuwah … revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him. (Daniel 2:22)
As these verses show us, Father’s Holy Spirit searches deep within us. Father knows the depth of our hurts, and He lovingly searches our hearts, to bring a healing to the deep recesses of our soul. His love never fails! But we must give God time to work on our behalf, and be open His examinations.
If we want hope and restoration, then we must humble ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the deep sorrows and hurts within us that only the Heavenly Father knows, and can heal. If we will wait patiently on Him, then we will know of His promise to renew our strength: … they that wait upon Yahuwah shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31a).
How Can I Find Hope For My Troubled Heart?
Talking out loud to Yahuwah is the KEY to finding hope and help in our time of need — that is, if we truly want to find solutions that are enduring and true!
King David frequently opened up to Yahuwah, crying out to Him for answers. King David found answers! He found relief and restoration, because he simply cried out unto Yahuwah, the Mighty One of Israel:
- I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. (Psalms 3:4)
- … the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. (Psalms 6:8,9)
- In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears. (Psalms 18:6)
- Verily God hath heard me; He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. (Psalms 66:19)
- In the day when I cried You answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. (Psalms 138:3)
It takes humility and a softness of heart to cry out with our voice, and talk to the Maker of our souls! We do not have to say much. Our words do not need to be fancy. And sometimes we will not know what to pray, and will only weep and groan with agony (Romans 8:26). But we do need to say something from our hearts — something genuine: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved [rescued, delivered].” (Romans 10:13)
Another helpful tool is to begin making a ‘good confession.’ A good confession means that we will begin to proclaim, speak out loud with our words, what Father says about us. Even through our tears and agony, we must try to speak Yahuwah’s Words [Bible verses] in a personal way — speaking verses that seem helpful.
Just speaking God’s Word does something for us, whether we understand them or not. Our words are much more powerful than we realize!!! Speaking the Word of Yahuwah will evetually help our understanding to increase, and our heart to be at peace (Psalms 49:3; Psalms 119:130, 169)
Consider making Jeremiah 29:11 a daily, frequent, and personal ‘proclamation’ — “I thank You, Yahuwah, that You have good plans for me; plans for good and not evil, plans of well-being and not calamity; to give me a future and a hope!” (See Derek Prince’s suggested proclamation: Proclamation for Overcomers)
Here are a few more suggestions for verses to proclaim personally: Psalms 143:9-12; Isaiah 26:3 and Isaiah 41:10,13; Romans 15:13; 2Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 3:20. Perhaps make some post-it-note reminders of the verses that are favorites.
In Agreement With His Words
Here is another ‘good confession’ verse: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Yahuwah, my strength and my redeemer!” (Psalms 19:14)
‘Being acceptable in His sight’ means that with His enabling grace, we will seek to speak words that are in agreement with Father’s Words — our words in agreement with His Words. This is faith in action. This is another key element to finding help in our time of need!
Father’s Ways and Words truly are good for us, and are for our protection! And Father invites us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Tell God all that is in your heart, as you would unload your heart to a dear friend. Tell God your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell God your joys, that He may sober them; tell God your longings, that He may purify them; tell God your dislikes, that He may help you conquer them. Talk to God of your temptations, that He may shield you from them: show God the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them. If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. Talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration – just say what you think to God. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved communication with God! — Francois Fenelon
Yahuwah, our Mighty One, wants to help us and love us with an enduring love and comfort.
Let us seek to be as King David in our time of need. Let us talk to Yahuwah, and pour out our heart to Him. Yahuwah [and His Word alone], is the only true and lasting source for help in our time of need!
For more understanding on this subject:
- Read Derek Prince’s excellent teachings – From Rejection to Acceptance – Part 1 and Part 2
- Defense Against Discouragement
- The Words We Speak
- How Can I Satisfy My Thirsty Soul?
- He inclined His ear unto me
- Trusting in Yahuwah With All Your Heart
- The Peculiar Treasure of Yahuwah
- Light Arises in the Darkness for the Upright