4 Great Go-To Songs For Encouragement In Depression

So I don’t know if you guys are big into music or not, but I recently discovered a singer named Ellie Holcomb and I am absolutely in love with her music. I have found that her music is on replay in my head, when i’m not singing Disney’s Frozen songs! Anyways, I just can’t keep quiet anymore so I am going to share 4 of her songs that have given me comfort and helped me to be in a spirit of Praise and Worship, especially when I am feeling down.

1. My Portion And My Strength

I actually watched a video, not this one, where she described more of how she came to write this song, and she wrote it with a friend who was struggling with depression, and as someone who has struggled with depression I found the next time I heard the song my ears perked up and could see the encouragement. I love that all of her songs are so heavily laced and backed with the scripture. The song stems from Psalms 73:21-26, but more specifically verse 26 which says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” I love this song where she says,

“Help me to stand
on the promise that You are holding my right hand
Help me to know
that even when I lose my grip You won’t let go
Help me believe
that You will be my portion and my strength”

2. Don’t Forget His Love

I have been replaying this song in my head because the words are just so true and I find my heart and mind need to be reminded of His love for me constantly. I love all of Psalms and I love how she can turn them into actual songs, so beautiful.Psalms is such a great book of the Bible to read when you are feeling depressed. In the song she basically is just singing out Psalms 103: 1-5. I don’t even have to quote any lyrics, I can simply quote Psalms 103:1-5, how awesome is that?! It says,

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
 who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

3. The Valley

I love this song because I can so relate to being in that valley and I wish I had found this song about 10 months ago when I was in the midst of my postpartum depression. In my opinion, you can’t hear this song without being reminded of Psalms 24:4 which says,”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.” But honestly, this entire song reminds me of my time struggling with postpartum and I think had I heard this song back then it would have really helped encourage me through it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. So, I can’t not give the lyrics to this one. Here they are:

I don’t want to face this valley
I don’t want to walk alone
You say that you’ll leave to find me
Well I am begging you now to come

Don’t think I can face the morning
The heaviness is on my chest
You say that you’ll lift this burden
Well I am begging you to bring me rest

So come and find me
In the darkest night of my soul
In the shadow of the valley
I am dying for you to make me whole
For you to make me whole

I can’t keep myself from sinkin’
From drowning down in all this shame
My throat is worn out from calling for help
And I am praying you’ll remember my name

I know I can’t fight this battle
Been surrounded on every side
You say that you will deliver me
Well I am praying that you’ll restore my life

So come and find me
In the darkest night of my soul
In the shadow of the valley
I am dying for you to make me whole
For you to make me whole

Answer me out of the goodness of your love
In your mercy turn to me
I know it’s you that I’ve been running from
But I’m seeing it’s you I need, need
You’re all I need”


4. As Sure As The Sun

Last one, I promise! I love this song, because it is such a reminder of the Lord’s mercy and gives hope that even though we feel lost or unseen or where we are, the Lord’s mercy will never leave and He is there for us. The lyrics to this song are so so beautiful. I love these lines in particular though:

“There is good news
There’s a promise
That no matter where you go
You will never be alone
In the dark
In the doubting
When you can’t feel anything
Oh, his love remains the same

As sure as the sun will rise
And takes away the night
His mercy will not end
His mercy will not end

Even through the night
Silver stars will shine
Hope of glory’s light
That will wake us once again

Okay, I promised that was my last one and I will make good on that promise! I so hope these songs might bring you comfort and peace right here and now through whatever you may be going through. The Lord loves us so much and He will never leave or forsake us. Oh what A Precious, Loving, Merciful, Gracious Lord we serve!

I hope they get stuck in your head as they have mine, and serve as reminders of the Lord and His word every time it replays in your head.












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