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How To Handle Despair

1. Hope in God's promises

  • Remember the word1 to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hopePsalm 119:49 NKJV

Other versions

  • Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope. Psalm 119:49 NASB

Hope in GOD’s promises; personal prophesies + promises in the Bible.

2. Keep Trusting GOD

  • I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 NASB 1995
  • My soul waits in silence for God alone; From Him comes my salvation. Psalm 62:1 NASB
  • My soul, wait in silence for God alone, For my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5 NASB

Other versions

  • I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 NKJV
  • My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. Psalm 62:5 NKJV
  • Jairus: Overhearing what was being said, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; only keep on believing [in Me and my power].” Mark 5:36 AMP
  • But Jesus, hearing this, answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe and trust [in Me and have faith in My ability to do this], and she will be made well.” Luke 8:50 AMP

3. Worship - Presence - Saving Acts

  • Why are you in despair, my soul?
    And why are you restless within me?
    Wait for God, for I will again praise Him
    For the saving acts of  His presence, my God. Psalm 42:5 NASB 
  • Why are you in despair, my soul?
    And why are you restless within me?
    Wait for God, for I will again praise Him
    For the saving acts of  His presence, my God. Psalm 42:11 NASB
  • Why are you in despair, my soul?
    And why are you restless within me?
    Wait for God, for I will again praise Him
    For the saving acts of  His presence, my God. Psalm 43:5 NASB
There are Saving Acts in God’s presence. Worship brings GOD’s Presence. 

4. Cry out to GOD

  • Hannah: Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman despairing in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the LORD. 1 Samuel 1:15 NASB
  • David: This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles2Psalm 34:6 NKJV
Other versions


  • Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman with a despairing spirit. I have not been drinking wine or any intoxicating drink, but I have poured out my soul before the LORD. 1 Samuel 1:15 AMP
  • “No, my lord,” Hannah replied. “I am a woman with a broken heart. I haven’t had any wine or beer; I’ve been pouring out my heart before the LORD. 1 Samuel 1:15 HCSB
  • This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him And saved him from all his troubles. Psalm 34:6 AMP

6. Arise

  • ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! Isaiah 60:1 AMPC

  • At the evening sacrifice I arose from my depression, and, having rent my undergarment and my mantle, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God, Saying, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to You, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads and our guilt has mounted to the heavens. Ezra 9:5-6 AMPC

Cause for Depression

  • But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose; For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth. Luke 21:34-35 AMPC

Don't "remain" depressed

  • It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit–depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm]. Deuteronomy 31:8 AMPC
  • Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. Isaiah 54:4 AMPC

Others face despair/depression

  • For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life2 Corinthians 1:8 NKJV
  • For while we are still in this tent, we groan under the burden and sigh deeply (weighed down, depressed, oppressed)–not that we want to put off the body (the clothing of the spirit), but rather that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal (our dying body) may be swallowed up by life [after the resurrection]. 2 Corinthians 5:4 AMPC

GOD uplifts depressed/those in distress

  • But God, Who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers the depressed and the sinking, comforted and encouraged and refreshed and cheered us by the arrival of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:6 AMPC
  • let us get up and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” Genesis 35:3 AMP

How GOD answered Jacob

  • And Jacob had a dream about a ladder that rested on the earth with its top reaching up to heaven, and God’s angels were going up and down the ladder. And there at the top the LORD was standing and saying, “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you now lie. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and east and north and south. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. Look, I am with you, and I will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:12-15 BSB

GOD can deliver from all distress



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  2. 6869 צרה [tsârâh] \tsaw-raw'\ Feminine of 6862; tightness (that {is} figuratively trouble); transitively a female rival: - {adversary} {adversity} {affliction} {anguish} {distress} {tribulation} trouble