I put on a garment of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit of depression so that I may be called an oak of righteousness! I am determined to constantly and at all times offer up a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His Name. I know it’s a sacrifice because I may not feel like it, but I focus on what I can be thankful for and not the things that bring me down. Depression has no place in me and I refuse to accept it.
I have decided to forget my complaints, to put away my sad face and to be cheerful. I refuse depression, which weighs me down. Instead, I encourage myself in the Lord and cheer myself up. I fix my mind on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and deserving of praise. God’s peace guards my heart and mind as I live in Christ Jesus.
Scripture References: Isaiah 61:3; Hebrews 13:15; Ephesians 4:17; Job 9:27; Proverbs 12:25; 1 Samuel 30:6; Philippians 4:8, 7