Poetry, Meditation, and Music I know a lot of people probably wonder WHY I would say poetry helps peoples mental health, but if you just read David’s Psalms you would understand why. I believe the Psalms of David are a classic example of a human being venting to Almighty God. David pours his heart out to God in poetic fashion. We often forget that David was a musician, a poet, and a very spiritual man. My favorite Psalm when dealing with depression is Psalm 13. 2. How long, LORD? Will you utterly forget me? How long will you hide your face from me? 3.How long must I carry sorrow in my soul, grief in my heart day after day? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 4. Look upon me, answer me, LORD, my God! Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death, 5. Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed,” lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.
David is in utter despair because his son that he loves dearly is trying to kill him and take over the kingdom. I doing this David is being HONEST about his feelings which is the FIRST step to getting emotionally healed. God wants honesty from us above everything else. Too often we try and give God false bravado in our prayers to Him, when He already knows we are broken and in despair.
We forget that God is Omniscient and knows everything about us. (He created us) Meditation Meditation has been medically-proven to reduce stress, create calmness and inner peace, and even eliminate or reduce the symptoms of many illnesses. Just for this reason alone, meditation should be a part of a healthy lifestyle. Even though meditation is a fairly old practice it’s a new concept for the modern day believer. Many believers grew up believing that Christian meditation was ungodly or dangerous. But if you were to do a thorough research, you would find that this just isn’t true. In reality, the most compelling reason for Christian meditation is the Bible itself. The scriptures that tell us that great success comes from meditating on Christ (Joshua 1:8) or Psalms 46:10 that declares it is through stillness that we come to know God. Meditation is simply pondering and focusing on the things of God, like His Word, Nature, and even the presence of God in our hearts. Western Christianity is often afraid of being overly “deep” or “spiritual” and we have a tendency to forget that God IS DEEP and SPIRITUAL. God is a supernatural God that wants to bless us in supernatural ways. We put limits on God with our traditions and fears of the unknown.
Christian Meditation is different than traditional meditation in that believers are meditating on the Lord Jesus Christ. As believers, we are encouraged to meditate. Joshua 1:8 declares, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Psalms tells us to meditate on God’s love, mighty deeds, and decrees. (Psalms 48:9, 77:12, 119:23)
Rev. Dr. M. Hamilton Stevens, CPRP