I wasn’t going to talk about my dirty little secret on this blog. But so many people suffer from the same things as me… and the pandemic only brought it all to the surface. So here goes. The reason why we need Bible verses for our sadness.
Besides a couple of chronic illnesses that keep me in pain and fatigued, I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. AKA clinical depression or simply depression. Some people (still) will ask me “What are you depressed about?”
If you have depression, you know that it’s not “about” anything. it’s just there. Or it’s about everything. Anyway, it shows up at the most inconvenient times and renders you helpless. Here are some symptoms that might indicate depression.
Are you Sad or is it Depression?
Maybe you’re reading this article because you aren’t depressed or clinically so, but you’re simply sad. Sad can be about anything – a breakup, loss of a pet, troubles in school, or with parents. Don’t discount your sadness just because it’s not depression; sadness counts!
Some people think they don’t have depression when they are sad. But it can hide from you. According to Psychiatry.org, the following are signs of depression if they last over 2 weeks:
Signs of Depression
Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Loss of energy or increased fatigue
Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
Feeling worthless or guilty
Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide
*Please read more at https://psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression.
Bible Verses for Sadness or Depression
So I’d like to share a few Bible verses which help me in times of sadness. I hope they are useful for you too. I like to print them out or write them on cards and prop them around the house where I can see them each day.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble. ~ Psalm 9:9
I always give you the ESV translation, but in this case, I admit I like a different one better. In the New Living Translation (NLT) it reads this way:
The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
I like the thought of a shelter and a refuge. To me, the word “stronghold” means a fortress, and although the second definition reads, “a place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld” I still prefer the comforting words shelter and refuge. Moving on…
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28
Depression and sadness make you feel alone, and this verse reminds us that you aren’t alone because Jesus is not only walking alongside you, he wants to carry your load for you. Yes, even that big bag of sadness you’re lugging around.
Here’s one of my favorite verses ever:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5,6
It is hard to understand why we have sadness. It is hard to understand all the different emotions zinging at us from every direction. But the Lord is there, and this verse reminds us to trust his understanding over our own. We don’t have to understand; just trust.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
To seek the kingdom means to actively pursue God and his salvation. It means that we honor him with our lives and hearts.
Bible Verses That Remind Us We Aren’t Alone
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
I don’t know how many times the Bible advises us not to “fear or be dismayed.” It’s a big number. He tells us over and over not to be afraid…. that he will not leave us… he will not forsake us. Yet here we are, questioning it again.
…Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
We aren’t alone! We can give him the things that make us anxious, afraid, and sad. We can talk to him about it. Christ Jesus our lord is ready and willing to listen.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
It is always good to know that there are plans out there somewhere when we feel hopeless or at sea. Good plans. Positive things that will happen later on. Jeremiah 29;11 is a great verse to remind us of that.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
This is another verse that actually brings us to question the sadness, and reminds us we will praise him and put our hope in him.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
So many sleep problems go along with depression. This verse is comforting in that it tells us we can sleep, safely and comfortably, because we know God.
Bible Verses of Joy
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34
It may seem strange to have a joyful, thankful verse in the list of verses for depression and sadness. But I find that my spirits are uplifted if I begin to thank the Lord. Giving thanks helps pull us out of the mucky sadness; as our hearts embrace the gratefulness, they are soothed.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.
This pair of verses reminds us we are safe, covered by his shield, and that he will protect us and be our refuge. Therefore, we are able to sing for joy.
Bible Verses to Give You Hope in Sadness
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Hope. That’s all we ask for in life when we are sad or depressed. And with God, there is always hope. Resting in hope means we are thinking positively about the future. Through this, we are removed from the depression.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Sometimes when we are sad, we feel isolated. This psalm reminds us that God is near, and will eventually save us.
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
I think we just need to know he is there, even if we feel he is silent. Not only is he present, but he is holding us up, keeping us from falling. He can prevent us from falling into the dark hole. What a blessing!
Bible Verses to Comfort Us in Our Sadness
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.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
This verse is so full of comfort. He heard me, he lifted me up, and he gave me a new song. What more could we ask from the God of the universe?
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate us. Nothing, nothing, nothing. No matter how we feel or think about it — we cannot be removed from his love. How wonderful that is!
There are many more verses, and some may work for you more than others. But I hope this list brings you some relief from your pain and sadness. Remember that God cares for you and wants to help you stay out of the depression.
Question: What is a good Bible verse for sadness?
Answer: Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Question: What does the Bible say about a sad heart?
Answer: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Even if you are sad, he still loves you and works to rescue your broken spirit.
Question: What are the most comforting Psalms?
Answer: Psalm 91 is a significant and important Psalm about comfort. Here is just one verse:
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone. ~ Psalm 91:11,12
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ~ Psalm 23:4
and this one:
The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. ~ Psalm 121:8
Question: What does the Bible say about being sad and lonely?
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. ~ Joshua 1:5
No matter how isolated we may feel, the Bible assures us that God is always there. He will not leave.
Question: What is a good Bible verse for depression?
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
Question: What does God say about depression and anxiety?
Answer: He encourages us to remove ourselves from them. “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy1:7) We do this by “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. ” (1 Peter 5:7)
We are not saying this is easy or a forever fix, we know that you have to practice these things over and over in order to really get it right.
Question: What is a good Bible verse for mental health?
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. ~ John 14:27
And let us leave you with this Bible Verse, which indicates overcoming the battle with the world and also helping another (one of the best ways to combat sadness and depression)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3,4