David's Life in the Minor Key: Is Depression Sin? (10 of 22) by John Barnett

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David's Life in the Minor Key: Is Depression Sin? (10 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
I Samuel 22:1-4, Psalm 142

If you've ever felt trapped, imprisoned, or helplessly caught by life, then you share the emotions of David in the midst of life in the Cave of Adullam.

Things had gotten so bad that David makes a confession that is packed with meaning to us today. In the form of an urgent prayer offered to God, and captured for us on paper, David explains that his soul is in prison. The setting is so graphic, look at it with me in I Samuel 22.

David is in the midst of his life on the run, under immense stress in verses 1-4:

1 David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. 3 Then David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and mother come here with you, till I know what God will do for me." 4 So he brought them before the king of Moab, and they dwelt with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.

David describes this time as when he felt trapped, with nowhere to escape in Psalm 142. Here in this Psalm written from a cave, David reflects on the circumstances all around him that made him have:

Imprisoned
Emotions

Look down and find the seventh verse. Listen to the insight David gives us about what is going on inside of him at this hard time in his life. This description is so powerful.

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me. -Psalm 142:7

A more understandable expression of "soul in prison" would be depression. David wanted to get out of depressions prison because it kept him for ...


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