A Flicker of Hope...
Happy Monday beautiful people! Today's Motivational Monday Moment is written by guest author, Nicole Sharon. She's sharing her personal testimony about a crisis she endured and how the Scripture Psalm 24:7-8 blessed and saved her life. You don't want to miss this message of hope...
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Psalm 24: 7-8
I formed a personal relationship with this Psalm about fifteen years ago. This was around the time when I was diagnosed with PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety. Needless to say, I was struggling. I tried to figure it out – why the intense sadness and anxiety? Why was I all of a sudden drawn to razors that I used to cut myself repeatedly? Why was I so obsessed with dying, thus making several attempts?
This is where Psalm 24 comes in. My first question was, do gates have heads? So, I had to assume that this Psalm is speaking to the posture of my heart, which has the power to transform my mind. It took me some time to realize that I had to open my heart and really allow the King of Glory to come in and saturate my mind, heart and soul. I had to determine that what He said is what really is. He is the King of Glory; so, if I let him in, depression and anxiety cannot live in the same space. The glory of God is the power to destroy every enemy in your life – even when that enemy is you.
This leads me to the next part – the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. I was in a battle for my sanity. Something or someone had to have the power to go to battle for me. Who better than the Lord? According to Isaiah 53, He already fought the battle for me. It says that He was chastised so that I could have peace. Then, in chapter sixty-one, Isaiah tell us that He gave me his joy for the spirit of heaviness. I like to call that the great exchange.
This is not an affront to medication or therapy, for those who need it – I did all of that. The point of this discussion is to say that although I went to therapy and I took my meds, God completed the work. I had to decide to open up. When I studied this scripture, I learned that cities had walls around their cities for protection, which meant the way in and out was through a gate. I knew that I had to deal with my walls – but what I wasn’t prepared for was all I needed to do was open the gate, allow God to come in, and He would help me knock down the walls! It’s such a freeing thing! I am now mentally healthy. I give the praise and glory to God.
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