a king once depressed - now full of joy...

by merri ellen
(cure your depression)

I came across this quote from King David who lived around 1100 BC. I found inspiration in his story and in his writings...

"When things were going great
I crowed, "I've got it made.
I'm God's favorite.
He made me king of the mountain."
Then you looked the other way
and I fell to pieces.

I called out to you, God;
I laid my case before you:
"Can you sell me for a profit when I'm dead?
auction me off at a cemetery yard sale?
When I'm 'dust to dust' my songs
and stories of you won't sell.
So listen! and be kind!
Help me out of this!"

You did it: you changed wild lament
into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
and decked me with wildflowers.
I'm about to burst with song;
I can't keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
I can't thank you enough." (Ps 30:6-12, The Message)

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Feb 27, 2009
by: Anonymous

Interesting that you should quote David.
I have read the entire book with much attention - do it too - and you will quickly realize that David probably was bipolar, bipolar 1 to be exact. He clearly cycles from the most abject depressive state to illusions of grandeur and divinity - that's mania.

So I would call David's tribulations fascinating, yes, but inspirational, I don't know; mania or hypo mania sure can feel good, but hardly qualify as a desirable counterpoint or cure to depression.
Give me Buddha's equanimity instead.

Thanks Stephane for your interesting insight. When I read David's writings and follow his life, I see that even though he constantly screwed up - adultery, murder.. God turned his ashes into beauty. Yay for God's redemption! Even though we are broken vessels, we can be redeemed. So, I focus not on David but on what God did with him- despite his imperfection. That gives me hope!

- Merri Ellen

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