Last week we looked at the fact that New Testament church met together regularly, and when they did, they reaped many benefits of gathering as a group.
Today we see another benefit of being in church. It has a healthy effect on people suffering from depression. The writer of Psalm 43 wrote out of despair after having suffered oppression at the hands of a deceitful and evil person. Because of that, he felt the heaviness of depression weighing down on him, he felt cast off by God, and wandered about, sad and upset with grief. But through praising God in the tabernacle, and spending time around the altar, he found some light for his darkness, exceeding joy, and restoration of his health:
3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
The NET version translates verse 5: “Why are you depressed, O my soul?”
When you feel cast down, God’s house is the place to run for that is where you can experience His joy. How? In the house of God, the Spirit flows like a river and makes us glad:
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
When suffering from depression, church is the best place to be because God is in the midst and He brings help. Why not come?