“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” (Prov 12:25) 

This simple proverb is a world of wisdom unto itself! It cries out the answer to the age old question, “Why am I depressed?” The survey says, anxiety! King David asked that question three times in the book of Psalms, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?” (Psalms 42:5, 42:11, 43:5) The writer of the book of Proverbs, King Solomon, may have learned a beautiful truth from his father’s songs as King David goes on to answer his own question with the antidote to depression, “Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” (Psalms 42:5, 42:11, 43:5) David knew when he was down, he needed to look up and put his hope in God! Solomon goes on to complete this proverb with, “But a good word makes it glad.” (Prov 12:25b) 

When we find ourselves in a place of anxiety, (i.e.), worry, and our hearts are heavy, we need only to crack open the Bible and receive the good words that are God-breathed onto its pages. I believe that the Lord would use this good word in our lives today, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

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