(Proverbs 17:22 KJV) A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Are there psychosomatic spiritual illnesses? One of the major struggles people have is depression. I have had my days. I have gone for days where I would go to work and just stare at the wall. I have contemplated suicide. I got over it. How and why?
I assume that I did not have the depth of depression that requires medication and hospitalization, but most people don’t. I believe I had the same struggle that millions have and it kept me down. Ultimately it came down to not having a “merry” (joyful NASB) (8056) “heart” (3820). What is the antonym of joyful? Google tells me “sad, miserable, distressing, depressing”. I can identify with all those things, or at least I could.
What helped me break the hold this had on me was to first admit it. Then I came to the realization that I was feeling this way because my focus was on myself and to be honest, I kind of got a kick out of feeling sorry for myself. At that point God was able to break through and grab me by the scruff of the neck. He gave me a loving shake and said, “Look at me, boy!” When I did that things begin to change. Now when I find myself slipping into self pity I adjust my focus and Jesus always meets me.
So? That may not be your problem but it sure was mine. I am reminded of saints who have gone singing to martyrdom and realize that with the right focus I can have a joyful heart.