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My Song in the Night. Psalm 77 VINCENT LAM. The National Spotlight. “ Fort Hood Gunman Was Being Treated for Depression” -The New York Times, April 3, 2014 “Pastor Rick Warren blames son's death on depression” - USA Today , April 7, 2014

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my song in the night

My Song in the Night

Psalm 77


the national spotlight
The National Spotlight
  • “Fort Hood Gunman Was Being Treated for Depression”

-The New York Times, April 3, 2014

  • “Pastor Rick Warren blames son's death on depression”

-USA Today, April 7, 2014

  • “Miriam Carey, Capitol shooting suspect, had post-partum depression, mother says”

-Associated Press, October 4, 2013

  • “Gunman at FedEx facility complained of depression”

-Associated Press, May 9, 2014

reactive depression
Reactive Depression
  • Reactions to stressful life events
    • Loss of a loved one
    • Divorce/Breakups
    • Loss of a job
    • Family problems
    • Moving
    • Retirement
    • Disillusionment/Breach of trust
who was asaph the author
Who was Asaph/the author*?
  • Priest, Musician/Music Director, Levite, Prophet
    • Chief Musician for the procession of the Ark of the Covenant (1 Chronicles 16)
    • Appointed to serve at the dedication of Solomon’s temple (2 Chronicles 5)
  • Served during the reigns of David, Solomon, possibly Jereboam/Reheboam*
  • *Psalm 77’s attribution to Asaph could also indicate a later author in the style of, or from the guild of singers named for him
the backdrop of historical events
The backdrop of historical events
  • Solomon’s breaking of the covenant with God (1 Chronicles 7:19-22)
  • Division into two Kingdoms
  • Ransacking of the temple by Egyptian King Shishak(2 Chronicles 12:1-5*, Psalm 74, Psalm 79)

v5: “This is what the Lord says, ‘You have abandoned me; therefore, I now abandon you to Shishak.’”

point a despair
Point A: Despair
  • Depression is felt and manifested, physically

1 I criedout to God for help;    I criedout to God to hear me.2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;    at night I stretchedout untiringhands,    and I would not be comforted.

3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.4 You kept my eyes from closing;    I was too troubled to speak.

point a despair1
Point A: Despair
  • Former avenues of comfort are now haunting reminders, sources of pain, or closed off entirely
    • Inability to sleep (v. 3)
    • Thinking of God causes moaning (v. 3)
    • Can’t endure when praying/meditating (v. 3)
    • Happy memories only underscore the sad present (v. 5)
      • Thoughts of times of singing joyfully at night contrast his current silence (v. 6)
point a despair2
Point A: Despair
  • Self-talk (v. 7-9)

7 “Will the Lord reject forever?    Will he never show his favor again?8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?    Has his promise failed for all time?9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”

point a despair3
Point A: Despair
  • Self-talk (v. 7-9)
point a despair4
Point A: Despair

“Depression is the inability to construct a future.”

-Dr. Rollo May,

American psychologist

the turning point
The Turning Point
  • Acknowledge ownership of your grief and any of your contribution to it (v. 10)
  • Then I said, "It is mygrief , That the right hand of the Most High has changed." (NASB)
  • And I said, This ismyinfirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. (KJV)
  • And I say: 'Myweakness is, The changes of the right hand of the Most High.' (YLT)
  • So I say, "It is mysorrow that the right hand of the Most High has changed." (HCSB)
  • And I said, "This is myanguish ; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High." (NKJV)
point b the prospect of hope
Point B: The Prospect of Hope
  • Challenge any underlying false perceptions with truths (v. 10)

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

point b the prospect of hope1
Point B: The Prospect of Hope
  • Acknowledge that your perception may be skewed, that deliverance may be invisible to you (v. 19)

19 Your path led through the sea,    your way through the mighty waters,though your footprints were not seen.


21 But this I call to mind,    and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;    his mercies never come to an end;23 they are new every morning;    great is your faithfulness.

-Lamentations 3:21-23