Are there Bible verses about depression?
It depends [on] what you mean.
The Bible is not a dispensary that we come to for our daily dose of inspiration or good feelings. The Bible is primarily the grand story of God’s plan to redeem a people for himself for the glory of [H]is name.
Nevertheless, there are Bible verses about depression. The Bible does speak directly to the depressed, which is good news for people like me who often find themselves engulfed in the darkness or hopeless.
So yes, there are scriptures for depression. These verses shine light into dark places, give hope to the hopeless, and allow the depressed person to have God’s perspective rather than their own dismal view.
If you’re sad or depressed, burn the following Bible verses about depression on your heart. Print them out. Think about them and rejoice in them. They can be life to you.
Now, one thing that’s really important to note as you read these verses. You probably won’t FEEL any different after reading these Bible verses about depression.
There’s this weird idea in some Christian circles that the moment you change your thinking your feelings will also change. That as you read these Bible verses about depression, the gloom will suddenly lift.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, especially when it comes to mental illness. But here’s the good news: all these promises are TRUE. They don’t depend on you. They’re all about God and [H]is mighty works on your behalf. They’re reminders that you’re not alone.
As you read these, thank God that they’re true, regardless of whether you feel sad, or whatever you feel.
With that being said, here are nine Bible verses about depression. May these give you hope and strength as you wait for God to lead you out of the Valley of Darkness.
If you want to jump to a particular verse, click the link for one of these Bible verses about depression:
- Bible Verses about Depression #1: Deuteronomy 31:8
- Bible Verses about Depression #2: Isaiah 41:10
- Bible Verses about Depression #3: Psalm 40:1-3
- Bible Verses about Depression #4: Psalm 3:3
- Bible Verses about Depression #5: Psalm 34:18-19
- Bible Verses about Depression #6: Isaiah 40:31
- Bible Verses about Depression #7: Isaiah 42:3
- Bible Verses about Depression #8: Matthew 11:28-30
- Bible Verses about Depression #9: Romans 8:38-39
Bible Verses About Depression
Verse #1: God Will Never Leave You
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed (Deuteronomy 31:8).
Don’t be dismayed because God is with you! You’re not alone. Just as [H]e swore to never desert the people of Israel, [H]e will NEVER leave you or forsake you because you are in Christ. You are his child, and like a dad clearing a path through the woods for his small child, so God is going ahead of you, clearing the way, even when you’re depressed.
Verse #2: God Will Strengthen You and Uphold You
…fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
In your depression, you feel like you can’t hang on to God. Maybe you feel weak, helpless, or hopeless, and unable to do anything. Sometimes you can’t even get out of bed. The last thing you feel is “spiritual“.
Good news! You don’t have to hold on to God because [H]e is holding to you when you’re sad. When you fall, he will uphold you with his righteous right hand. When you are weak, he will strengthen you.
The reality is, you ARE weak, you’re just feeling it more acutely now. Take heart, because God loves to sustain the weak. God’s grace is sufficient for you, even in these deep, dark times.
Verse #3: God Hears Your Cry
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God (Psalm 40:1-3).
God hears your cries and sees your tears. He is not ignoring you and his heart breaks over your suffering. He takes no delight in the suffering of [H]is people.