Depression is a real threat to the body. Some of us have a physical tendency towards depression; while others of us have succumbed to it through the difficulties of life. While medication, counseling, and other types of therapy can bring relief—we mustn’t rule out the power of praise, hope, and encouragement through the gift of music. The following 7 Christian songs are helpful in those tough days of depression:
#1) NOT RIGHT NOW (JASON GRAY)
“I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came” (Job 3:26, KJV).
There will be days in this Christian walk when we just need to work through our grief. Sometimes people are tempted to make us get over our losses too quickly—we must allow for the complete work of the Holy spirit to heal our brokenness and bring us to a place of restored joy. Click here to download on iTune
#2) YOUR GRACE FINDS ME (MATT REDMAN)
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to life” in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Depression can make us feel powerless against the inward and outward pressure. Yet the grace of God is what carries us through. When we rest on His grace, we find peace and presence to take the next step forward. His grace is sufficient to help us through the darkest paths. Click here to download on iTune
#3) STILL I RISE (YOLANDA ADAMS)
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
This song brings out the hope that we can still press on and rise up above our troubles as we lean on the Lord. We do have those low times, but in the name of the Lord—we can rise up faithfully trusting in His strength to get through it. Through Christ anything is possible. Click here to download on iTune
#4) PEACE IN THE VALLEY (MICKEY MAGUN)
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12).
This hymn is particularly comforting when believers are dealing with depression. We are reminded that this earth with all its pain and limitations isn’t our vu home. The Lord is preparing a place for His people where there is peace and contentment. While depression can deplete our joy and energy—focusing on the peace that passes understanding can lift us out of a depressed state of mind. Click here to download on iTune
#5) OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD (RICH MULLINS)
“For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2).
We may not be able to always shake off our depressed feelings, but we can discipline ourselves to praise the Lord in spite of our situation. When we praise the Lord beyond how we feel, we become more focused on Him and His power—giving ourselves less attention. Many times this results in a great peace and joy in the midst of emotional or mental suffering. Click here to download on iTune
#6) “THERE WILL BE A DAY” BY JEREMY CAMP
Pain is part of this life and it can draw us closer to God than we have ever been. Living in this worldis full of trials and tribulation, but we are promised a time that is coming where we will be free of all pain and tears. Click here to download on iTune
#7) “ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS ME” BY CHRIS TOMLIN
This is another old gospel hymn revised by Chris Tomlin. When you think you’ve lost your way, when you think you’re far apart from God, when you think it’s impossible to go back, remember Jesus was with you all along the way. This is like Psalm 23, “Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” Click here to download on iTune
#8) “ONE LAST CHRISTMAS” BY MATTHEW WEST
Matthew West penned this song from a true story of a sweet toddler named Dax from Washington, Illinois. Diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, Dax battled the disease for over a year until there were no more possible medications available. Though it was determined he would not last through December, his parents wanted him to live for “One Last Christmas” which he miraculously did. This is really one touching song, one that can really make you cry. Click here to download on iTune
#9) “BLESSINGS” BY LAURA STORY
What if God’s blessings come through raindrops? What if trials of this life are God’s mercies in disguise? This is the whole message of this song.It reminds us that no matter what comes our way, they’re all part of God’s greater plan. When trials overwhelm you, hold on to the truth that “God permits what He can prevent“. Click here to download on iTune
#10) “WHEN I CRY BY GAITHER” VOCAL BAND
Don’t you know that God also cries when you cry? He’s also hurt when you’re hurt. What makes Him cry isto see us hurt and in pain. God feels our pain and He knows our sufferings. He’s been there because He became man and died a shameful public death nearly 2,000 years just to show that He feels our pain and sorrows too. God is not a stranger to pain. Click here to download on iTune
GOD IS GREATER THAN DEPRESSION
Whenever we are struggling with feelings of depression, we must focus on the greatness of God. His agape love is greater than our depression or anything else that threatens to steal our joy. Make every day one of reflection on the strength of God and sing you through these hard days.