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September 19, 2013

One might wonder, what does the topic of ‘depression’ have to do with ‘panic attacks and anxiety’? It is not at all rare to feel depressed when one goes through periods of panic attacks, or even anxiety.  As a matter of fact, many who suffer greatly, often from panic attacks or anxiety, also express experiencing periods of depression; even of deep depression.  And history attests to this fact.

Without wanting to sound ‘religious’, King David of the Bible spoke at great length of his ‘morbid depression’.  David used himself as a perfect example of depression; of a depression resulting from having felt lengthy periods of anxiety, panic, phobia, paranoia, etc., etc.   Of course, we all know that David was under all sorts of real personal attacks from a real enemy. Never the less, justified or not, David remains a striking testimony of what its like to become depressed, after living with long periods of panic and anxiety, and its later state of depression:

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

There is a very little known secret about King David.  King David  was a man who had suffered from a life-long attack from very real – other people. Those very life threatening attacks upon his person, lead David into a very deep and morbid depression – all of his life through.  Of course, today, we would call what David suffered from: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. No matter! And no matter how dark his sense of depression might have been, David always was found acceptable before ‘The Lord; and David always managed to see ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’!

It’s not that ‘the Lord’ had sustained him (had held him up) better than he had His other children. It’s that David’s soul was the soul of an ‘optimist’. Yes, that’s right! Depressed or not, David remained an optimist of sorts. He just kept on seeing the way out from the valley of death; he saw the light.

David ‘lacked nothing’ to actually see The Light with.  In addition to being able to feel his depression, David also ‘understood’ himself and his surroundings.  He did not lack ‘intelligence’. David had insight and understanding in many areas of his life. In other words, David had eyes to see with; ears to hear with; a nose to smell with; a mouth to speak with and to taste with; a mind to reason things out with; and a heart to feel with. He was indeed blessed!

David was known by his church leaders: has being ‘not a man of God’. He was not an especially religious fellow of any sort. He was just born a king… with a very special anointing to lead his people with. No matter from which perspective one chooses to understand what David was, David was never the less ‘a spiritual man’.

His spirit communicated with the world around and beyond himself. David declared that he ‘walked through the darkest valleys’. The darkest valleys belonging to the physical realm – of course! But also, in those who belonged to the spiritual realm of his soul…  David reached out to the universe, and the universe reached back to David!

Even when scared, panicked, anxiously ridden, and even when ultimately, morbidly depressed; David felt the ‘magic’ of Love from life to its creations. And David loved it all back. Even when standing within his own deep morbid depression, David could feel ‘Loved’. He could feel love from ‘The Lord’, ‘The One’, in his heart; and David could actually fell his own ‘Love’ touching the heart of ‘The Lord’, ‘The One’…

King David understood that, that was exactly that.  That it was ‘both’, the being ‘reachable’ and the ‘reaching out to others’ that made life livable. Its very existence (the reaching), all worked to his advantage, in the end.  Yes, even when David was covered by a shadow of darkness (depression), David understood the meaning (and the symbolism) of ‘being reachable’.  David had discovered that even when his soul remained laden with morbidity, his resting in ‘green pastures’ was exactly that; a place’to ground’ himself to refresh his soul…

King David understood that even under a cloud of darkness, he knew how to protected.  He had tools to work with.  The staff, for comfort.  David knew all about enemies seeing him nourished abundantly, when their own evil spirits starved for food.  David knew he had a house to go to while his enemies just did not know if they might even have one of their own…

Somehow, David just knew: that he was not doing that bad, considering he suffered from ‘depression’!…

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