17 Bible Verses for When Depression Creeps In

John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.”

That sounds an awful lot like depression if you ask me.

You see, we weren’t created to be depressed. In fact, in the second half of that verse, Jesus says “I came so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

But all-too often, depression has this unwelcome and unwarranted way of sneaking into our lives when we least expect it, and doing nothing but stealing our freedom and joy, killing our spirits, and destroying any hope of a better, brighter future.

And while that might be its end game—the goal of the enemy, which is to keep you from the abundant life God intended for you—it doesn’t have to write your story.

God has given us a tool that no one else has, which has the power to completely shut down Satan’s attempts. The Truth, which is only found when we spend time in the Word.

Here are 17 Bible Verses for When Depression Creeps In.

1. Deuteronomy 31:8

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

2. Psalm 3:3

But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”

3. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

4. 2 Samuel 22:17-20

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”

5. Psalm 34:17

“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”

6. John 16:33

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

7. Ecclesiastes 9:4

“Anyone who is among the living has hope.”

8. Psalm 34:18-19

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

9. 1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

10. Isaiah 40:31

“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 

11. Psalm 40:1-3

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.”

13. Romans 8:38-39

“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.”

14. Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

15. Psalm 9:9-10

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

16. 2 Samuel 22:29

“You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”

17. Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 18. Psalm 143:7-9

Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you.”

Depression has no place where the Lord dwells. Hold tight to these Truths, they have a power over depression that only God himself can provide.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of foreverymom.com. An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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