Sunday, October 14, 2007

More Thoughts on Spiritual Depression...

A couple of days ago I posted an extended quote from "Spiritual Depression" by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. However, after posting the quote I realized that it could come across as a quick-fix for spiritual depression. That is not the point of Lloyd-Jones book or my post. Lloyd-Jones was a trained medical doctor before he became, perhaps, one of the most powerful preachers of the western world in the 20th century. His understanding into the human body and emotional processes is astounding. This is one of the things that makes his book so extremely helpful. When he looks at Psalm 42 he recognizes that the feeling of despondency is a common human experience that even the writers of Scripture were not immune to. Because Lloyd-Jones is such a realist with regards to the human experience he is able to take the good news of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ and apply it to the human heart in specific ways. He does not offer a quick fix, a home remedy, or seven easy steps to being happy. Instead he peels back the human experience layer by layer like that of an onion and seeks to massage the truth of God's word into the areas of the human heart that need revitalization.

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