Psalm 34:17-20

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

There is one particularly difficult feeling that far too many human beings struggle with on a day to day basis. It is the devilish feeling of melancholy. Melancholy is described as “being in an abnormal state of pensive depression.” In simpler terms, you are sad and you just don’t know why. I believe that this is a common occurrence in many people’s lives, and in fact, they live with this melancholy demeanor for the majority of their days, weeks, and months and never break free from it.

The trap is that when this feeling comes creeping over you like a black cloud, it can even cause you to become apathetic to the things of God. The energy and vitality of the Holy Spirit seems a distant item, out of reach, and part of you doesn’t even care to get it back. It makes you feel nervous for no apparent reason. Even Brother Branham said that God made him melancholy, and that was the way it had to be.

The danger is when we allow the feeling of melancholy to overtake our spirits, and it causes us to become crushed. We then face the danger of slumping into depression or anxiety. God never intended for anyone to feel that way. David knew how this felt, and I would make the grand assumption that he suffered with this very same feeling. He writes sympathetically, to those in the same situation, that God is near to them who are of a crushed spirit, those who are broken hearted. Many are the afflictions of the righteous of God, but the Lord will always deliver them.

If you are suffering from a feeling of melancholy, and you just don’t know why, remember that the Scripture promises God is nigh unto you. He is close to you. Start a new thought pattern in your heart. Begin thinking on bright things such as the goodness of His grace, or the beauty of the Message to your age. Be thankful for His many blessings, such as food in your stomach and a roof over your head. Begin to think on Him throughout the day. You will find that your feeling of melancholy will simply vanish in the thoughts coming from the mind of Christ.

You don’t have to feel sad for no reason. He is only a prayer away. Think on good things; He is near to those who are crushed in spirit.

64-0614E - “The Oddball”

So pray for me, as I said a while ago. I don't mean to repeat it, but when I get before you, I—I get nervous, and I get melancholy, and sentimental, and temperamental, too. I am that, to begin with, so I… it makes me all tore up inside. But to know that wherever I can go… I haven't a—a group on earth, that I know of, that sticks by me like this group. May—may God let us be so inseparable, that, in the Kingdom that is to come, may we be there together; my prayer.

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