by Bill Bright
Insights from Bill Bright
Praise Defeats Depression
Barbara grew up in a home filled with turmoil. Her father was an alcoholic, and from the time she was two years old until adulthood, she could not remember a time when her dad was not drunk. This created great stress in the home that took its toll upon everyone. Furthermore, her mother was emotionally unstable. On occasions, Barbara had to make the agonizing decision to commit her to a mental institution.
When Barbara accepted Christ as her personal Savior and Lord, she began to grow in His love and forgiveness. But her background of pain and unhappiness left a dark cloud over her life. She tried to overcome her depression with good behavior and diligence in Bible study, but every failure she encountered caused her to sink more deeply into despair.
At last, through the help of faithful Christian friends and the work of the Holy Spirit in her life, Barbara learned to praise the Lord Jesus despite her circumstances and feelings. She soon discovered that she could use praise as a weapon against Satan, the cause of her depression.
Today, she joyfully shares her newly found freedom with others. "I'm no longer a victim of circumstances," she says. "I'm learning to make praise a way of life. That is why God made me-to praise Him!"
Out of her despair, Barbara had learned a great lesson-one that is not understood by many Christians: we were created to praise our Creator!
According to Ephesians 1:11,12, we were created and chosen to praise Him and give Him glory: "Here is the staggering thing-that in all which will one day belong to him we have been promised a share (since we were long ago destined for this by the one who achieves his purposes by his sovereign will), so that we, as the first to put our confidence in Christ, may bring praise to his glory!" (Phillips translation).
So that we may bring praise to His glory! Let us begin now. The Scriptures are replete with exhortations to praise Him. For example, Psalm 148 begins: "Praise the Lord, O heavens! Praise him from the skies! Praise him, all his angels, all the armies of heaven. Praise him, sun and moon and all you twinkling stars. Praise him, skies above. Praise him, vapors high above the clouds. Let everything he has made give praise to him" (tlb).
The late Dr. Bright was founder and president/chairman emeritus of
Campus Crusade for Christ.
Copyright 2003, Bill Bright.
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