Psalm 73; Philippians 4:8
The Brute Beast
Good evening and welcome to our nightly Bible devotional.
About 10 years ago, I went to the doctors office and the doctor kept asking me weird questions. How was I sleeping? How was my eating? Did I feel stressed out? Were things all right with my work? How was my marriage? Any trouble with family? What do you do for fun? When was the last time you really relaxed? When was the last time you were really, really happy? What was the occasion?
After a few more of these questions I looked the doctor in the eye and asked what was going on. Why was he asking me all these questions? He looked at me and asked me if I was feeling depressed or sad. “Well,” I said, “I’m not planning on going into the woods alone and never coming back, If that’s what you mean.” He asked me a few more questions like this and then he offered me a mild anti-depressant to “take the edge off my stress.” I thanked him and assured him that if I needed it I would call him first.
The truth is that depression can slip up on you all of a sudden. I’m not talking about clinical depression but a real since of frustration, sadness, and gloom. It can cover you like a dark cloud. It can cause your personality to change without you ever knowing it. And it can block your spiritual walk with the Lord. The questions the doctor was asking me was to figure out how deep my depression really was.
It is interesting to me to see in Psalm 73 how the depression that Asaph was feeling had converted him into a “Brute Beast.” He was depressed because it seemed like the unrighteous were living well why the godly were struggling to make ends meet… that sounds familiar! In fact, Asaph states that he was on a slippery path where he almost fell. Let’s read Psalm 73 together.
There are a lot of people who have told me how depressed they have been feeling lately. The news is grim and full of fear. People feel lost because they are stuck in their own house trying to figure out ways to keep themselves and their families busy. The find themselves arguing with their spouse or their kids. Just today I had a person ask me to pray with them because they felt depressed. It’s easy to see how that “brute monster” can get a foothold in these trying times… but how do you get rid of it?
Look at verses 23 -28, God is always holding your right hand. He guides, counsels, shows you visions of glory, and comforts you. I love how Asaph says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
We defeat the “brute beast” that we have become by drawing close to God. Challenge yourself “Be Still and know that I Am God.” Read your Bible and ask God to speak to you. Sit and listen to Christian music for a time without doing anything else. Start a gratitude journal listing 5 to 10 blessings each day. Memorize a verse or two that means something to you… start with verse 26!
Use you talents and abilities to praise the Lord. It doesn’t matter whether your talent is sewing, photography, music, or collecting stamps… find a way to use it to glorify God. Last night I sat down with my guitar and sang a new song to God. It’s funny because I don’t remember what I sang or even the chords… but it was to my God and Savior. And I felt so much better afterwards. The “Brute Beast” was gone.
But if these methods don’t work for you please seek help. Call your doctor and set up an appointment. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and talk their ears off. Call your preacher or a trusted Christian friend and ask them to pray with you and for you. If you have too go outside and scream a good one… but only if nothing else works!
Allow me to pray for you tonight:
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father, I want to pray tonight for all those people out there that are feeling like the “brute beast”. Forgive us father for treating others poorly because of the way we are feeling inside. Send good Christian people into our lives that will encourage us. Help us to draw close to you Father God because you hold our right hand. Help us to remember that always. In the name of Jesus Christ, your Son and my Savior, We pray, AMEN!
One of my favorite verse to help change my “stinkin’ thinkin’” and help me overcome the “brute beast” is Philippians 4:8, which says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” When your mind dwells on these kinds of things it is hard for the “brute beast” to win.
I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.