9 Things to Do When You Feel Hopeless–Psalm 143

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 131, 133; Psalms 138-141, 143

Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepensDon’t turn away from me, or I will die. —Psalms 143:7

Have you ever been in this place?

King David, “The man after God’s own heart,” who wrote these words knew about depression.  He probably didn’t call it depression. Depression is a term that has become a household word only in the last 40-50 years, but he certainly mentioned one of the common characteristics of depression–hopelessness:

What do you do when you’ve lost all hope?

God allowed David to go through times of depression and hopelessness. He also  had David journal these times in the Psalms so that you and I can make it through our times of hopelessness.

If you are severely depressed by all means seek medical help, but for many of us following David’s example could be the missing piece in our pursuit of hope.

Here’s what David did:

1. Go to GodHear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my plea (Psalm 143:1).

2. Tell Him exactly how you feelMy enemy has chased me.  He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to lie in darkness like those in the grave.  I’m losing all hope; I’m paralyzed with fear (Psalms 143:3-4).

3. RememberI remember the days of old, I ponder all Your great works and think about what You have done (Psalms 143:5).

4. Spend time worshiping GodI lift my hands to You in prayer.  I thirst for You as parched land thirsts for rain (Psalms 143:9).

5. Update God on your ProgressCome quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depressions deepens.  Don’t turn away from me, or I will die (Psalms 143:7).

6. Trust God for the outcomeLet me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You (Psalms 143:8).

7. Ask for directionShow me where to walk, for I give myself to you (Psalms 143:8b).  May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing (Psalm 143:10b).

8. Be teachableTeach me to do Your will, for You are my God (Psalm 143:10).

9. Have the right motiveFor the glory of Your name, O Lord, preserve my life.  Because of Your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress (Psalms 143:11).

Heavenly Father, I pray for my friends who feel hopeless tonight. Pursue them. Come close.  Lord, help them to know that Your Word is their lifeline. Holy Spirit, speak to them. Give them hope.  Heal their sadness.  Replace it with Your joy.  Lord, do it for the Glory of Your Name.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 144-145; Psalm 88-89

33 Responses to “9 Things to Do When You Feel Hopeless–Psalm 143”

  1. Carol Way May 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    So Good! God bless you!

  2. Dianne Guthmuller May 16, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Thank You Carol! Sending those blessing your way as well!

  3. Pamela Bond August 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Thank you for the posting. I so needed these words at this dark time in my life. They will be read often.

  4. eric November 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    3 weeks ago my best friend told me she didnt know if she wanted to be married to me anymore. I feel hopeless. I worry about my 2 young boys and where my other half has gone on this journey in life, without me. I pray as a broken person that things will be okay for everyone.

  5. Dianne Guthmuller November 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Eric, I’m so sorry you are going through this difficult time. I too have been there. Praying that God restores your marriage. Blessings!

  6. Stacey January 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    I feel so hopeless. My Son is Bipolar and wont get help. He has dropped out of college and is using drugs. My heart aches so much. Sometimes I feel like I cant catch my breath because the pain so so great. Please pray for my son Blake.

  7. Dianne Guthmuller January 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Stacey, as a mom of adult children, my heart goes out to you. Children bring us so much joy but when we have to sit by and watch them “seemingly” self-destruct, it can be more than we can take.

    Take it to God! He knows what this feels like. His heart hurts for Blake as well.

    I will be praying for Blake and for you!

  8. wilda raymond March 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    my name is wilda , i’m married to my best friend , for 20 years .. for the past 3 years my husband been ill with some kind of disease call izeek send-rum , he had a mass in his long n it was removed through surgery after that he had another surgery , it was spinal cord with a massive obsess in the middle of his spine but, thank you Jesus he made it through it safe … but now he can eat , his loosing lost of weight vomitting all the time , tired, unhappy, etc… the rest is history . please i’m asking for a miracle from God … we are desperate for some much needed prayer . thank you !!!

  9. Allan Melchor March 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Thank You sooooo much for this prayer me and my Friend are going well correction SHE’S going through a rough time and quite frankly can’t seem to find a way out of it.Things just aren’t going well. She’s going through a nasty Divorce he had removed ALL funds he took her car and is housing her kids she had lupus and chrones disease and is really sick. She’s been living with my family and me and taking her to the ER and covering get copays she really ALL alone and has nobody but me and my family. No money for an attorney or any legal help. Her father has alzhimers and dementia and stage 4 cancer. Her situation is heavy and complicated but I’m ALL she really has. This prayer is what I needed thank you sooooo much…

  10. violet April 3, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Hello there
    Please pray for me and for my husband Roob, to reconcile and reunite toghether, and stop finalizing the divorce.
    Please pray for us.
    Thank you.
    Blessings toyou all.

  11. Vearda May 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Hello, I just want to say Thank You for your encouraging words, right now I am at a point in my life where I feel hopeless, like God can’t hear me because of how horrible I’ve been and well,I’m going through some difficulties in life, and I really needed someone to talk to, tried reading my bible, tried praying…but I feel so far away that,it feels like He isn’t listening… I searched ‘what I should do if I feel hopeless’ and I stumbled upon this, this has made me feel much better..I pray that the Lord bless you for having this site that has encouraged me, because I really needed it…from the bottom of my heart…. Thank You

  12. Gloria June 13, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    This was Awesome. And i neefed it this morning

  13. crystal August 6, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Thank you for this prayer. I am always the one praying for someone or giving advice. Not realizing I’m in need of prayer and advice myself. I’ve been through a rough life and can’t seem to find my happiness. I stay strong for my daughter, family and friends. I love being the one that people come to for advice and I’ve always been great at it ..but the last few years….I just don’t know what to say anymore because I’m struggling myself.. worse than ever. I pray for happiness but it just doesn’t happen 🙁 my faith feels like its running dry ….which is scary because I feel faith is what’s kept me hanging on ..so without faith what would I do? Just keep up the prayer for those of us that are feeling hopeless. Ty 🙂 God bless

  14. Susan August 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    This is one of the worst periods of my life. I am 53 and have never married. I’m okay with that. I live with my two senior citizen parents. Our home has experienced real structural damage to the point it could be harmful to our health.
    My Mother has money from an inheritance, but, for obvious reasons, doesn’t want to tie it all up in a mortgage. Meanwhile, I have applied for the mortgage in my name with her putting down a portion of money, but my credit score isn’t quite high enough. The monthly payments are a bit too steep for us to afford a modest condo. There is even little to rent inour area. In addition my folks have health problems.
    I feel rather forsaken by God. I don’t want to feel this way, but I don’t really feel He loves us!

  15. liz August 31, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I have prayed for you and your husband Wilda. I pray for healing and peace in your hearts, with joy and understanding.

  16. Cassie September 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I am hopeless, I have suffered with bipolar disorder and anxiety all my life. These past few months it has become bigger than me. In May I overdosed and was found not breathing. I was minutes from death. Now all I obsess about is hanging myself. I have the noose made out of my bathrobe ties. I need help yet cannot get it! My world has been destroyed. Pease pray for me.

  17. Dianne Guthmuller September 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Dear Cassie,
    I can’t imagine how you must feel but my God knows and cares. He cares about you so much that He kept you in this world. He has a plan for your life. I am praying that the Holy Spirit sends someone into your life to get you the help you need.

    Don’t give up! Wait on your Heavenly Father. He loves you.

  18. Jim Coleman October 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    I have been in deep hopeless depression for four years. Life makes no sense to me. There is nothing in this world that appeals to me. There is no peace, no point, no hope. I feel like I died four years ago. I am convinced I am in Hell. Life has become a burden.

  19. maurice October 28, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    thank so much I really need this.. I feel like im going crazy every time I was thinking my status here in Kuwait im ove staying here wanted to go home I got no savings im worst don’t know what to do… when I finally read this.. I feel better. thnx

  20. patti November 9, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    i feel the same the anxiety is hard to fight these word s i read make me feel a little better i worry about things i lost both parents to cancer in 2 yrs. my mom was the worst is loing i least i had her to talk to. i moved from my childhood home to a smaller place yet i feel no peace ther even though my old house was falling down

  21. patti November 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    i pray it helps i hang on for my brother a verteran still i feel hopless an so scared I know the best as my mom would say psychichist is Jesus faith is hard but fith is the strongest force there is I try to cling to faith because when i see nature the beauty and wonders and know i am lucky to be in good health even though i feel a meltdon coming on also my pets need me i love them of course with anxiety i worry about my brother nephew niece and my pets i think the world is so negative it affects us not in a good way

  22. Stephanie February 8, 2014 at 1:35 am #

    I am feeling so scared and hopeless right now. My mom and I are facing terrible legal trouble due to my deceased grandma’s nursing home suing us for the amount Medicaid refused to pay. We have been dealing with this for a year so far. My mom received advice from a lawyer who said we could gift for birthdays and cleaning out my grandma’s house, but the advise was wrong according to Medicaid and they refuse to believe the lawyer.Now the nursing home will not back down from suing my mom who is not rich at all. I am afraid we will lose the house because that is the asset my mom owns. We were honest and never tried to fraud anyone, but the nursing home is treating my mom with such disrespect and the lawyer keeps giving us wrong advise. We can’t afford another lawyer. I already lost my dad at 62 to a sudden heart attack. I don’t want to lose the house where I grew up. I feel so lost right now. I asked for guidance but it seems to get worse. I want to be strong, but I feel so confused and fearful.

  23. lovelyone March 11, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I feel lost nothing going right I keep failing in everything I do my family is on drugs its only 6 of us and im the only one that seem to care my dad knows God I’ve been blessed to flow in his foot steps so I pray alday long and wait it cause be a lot worse but God has alway made away I know God gets tired I just hope its not anytime soon
    Im bipolar as well the only reason why im dealing with it so well is because of God I understand things happen for a reason and there are seasons I just wonder will I every get back anything I harvest. it seems like God wants more out of me I understand that I might be one of God’s elect its so hard helping everybody else and not myself i don’t want to do anymore then i choice whatever it is that send me here I hope It help Im losing direction bur Ill never stop no matter how hard the winds blow I really need to stop slacking and stay with what I believe in God bless

  24. Diane Bruci June 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    I am speechless I am getting ready to lose my home with my daughter just happen to look up prayer for the hopeless. It was nice that I did couldn’t believe it was a Dianne who posted that specific prayer my name is Diane. God Bless

  25. KTC July 15, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    I’m 22 and I certainly feel hopeless. Since I graduated high school I’ve been dealing with anxiety, thyroid issues, and numerous undiagnosed health issues. Every time it feels like I’m getting better & back to a “normal” life, something new starts happening. My friends get a laugh calling me the “old lady”, but they don’t realize that’s how I honestly feel. I want nothing more than to be able to finish college & not come home from work literally so exhausted everyday that I sleep 12 or more hours. I want so bad to be able to go out on a Friday night & stay out past 930 because I’m not incredibly fatigued. I want days where I feel good, not just less horrible then a prior day. I can’t keep any food down lately, healthy or not, and I’m just over being the “sick girl.” Please, lord, help me find an answer. I can’t live my whole life like this.

  26. Jessica July 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    My name is Jessica, and I’m not really sure how to start this off. A part of me feels like even writing this is pointless, but I’m desperate. I’m 22 years old, and right now I’m going through a very dark time in my life, maybe I’m wrong but I honestly can’t remember being through a time as dark as this. I’ve dealt with anxiety and fear for as long as I could remember, starting in middle school up until highschool; but as an adult I thought it had gone away, and now it’s back worse than ever. I just feel horribly alone, lonely, and kind of depressed. I feel hopeless in my situation, and the fact that it affects my mom also hurts me. It’s just the two of us, and going through what I’m going through, it’s really hard. Because I don’t even know what my problem is, I just know I’m always anxious, so much to where I can barely sleep at night. It feels on the verge of a panick attack at times, but I’m not sure. I’m not sure of anything, and most days I’m not even sure I’ll live to the end of whatever this is. I’ve always been in and out of the bible, but I can say my faith isn’t strong at all. Most of the time when I’m reading the bible, I feel so detatched, almost as if I’ve done something to where it’s too late for God’s word to touch me. When I try to explain to my mom how I feel it kind of makes things worse, because I can’t really explain what’s going on with me, since I don’t get it myself. I’ve tried praying for clarity, for comfort, for healing; but all I feel is fear, hopelessness, and desperation. I know God works on His own time, but I often feel like if I wait on him, if I don’t recieve an answer right now I may die. I don’t even know if this post makes sense, in the last few days I’ve only managed to sleep an hour at a time if that, but everytime I try to rest my heart pounds with anxiety. I could go to the doctor, but I don’t think they would help, or even understand. I feel like what I’m going through is more spirtual and mental than anything, and it’s affecting my physical state. To my knowledge doctors only want to give you medication for things like this, and I truly don’t think that’s the answer. So I guess I’m asking for prayer for me and my mother. Comfort for her, and I. Healing for the both of us.

  27. David Iwasaki September 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    Hello my name is David Iwasaki and I feel as of now as I write this and I been going though some hard times…to start off my folks are splitting up and it has been very stressful I feel lost and well….hopeless and I lost my job and I have been job searching and I had some leads but I feel like I am failure. I was with a courier company and I got into one to many accidents and that’s how I lost my job and now I feel stressed, crying, hurt and lost and I don’t know what to do and I…feel like I want to wake up from this world of pain…I’m sorry.

  28. Dianne Guthmuller September 19, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Hello David,it sounds like tough times have ganged up on you during this season of your life. I’m so sorry. It’s very easy to think we are a failure when everything around us is failing but that’s not the way God sees you. He made you. He likes you and he loves you! I pray that on this new day you will find hope.

    I’m praying for you.

  29. greta September 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    ay like this sitte ,ay one ask you to pray for me and my 4 daughters God will blesse you to help me pray ,ay cane not allone any more ,so will jou help me pray for healing for take the blocked from my daughters for goodniss for love for onderstandding and for break any wichcraft come to os thanks so much ay have pain ,ay need praying Amen

  30. nelwin December 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    please help me dont know what to to i am 23 yrs old and all my life i feel alone even i still have my parents and siblings ;( but my older sister shes my savior my guide when i feel hopeless i always talk to her and all my sadness goes away ilove my ate so much she always teach me how to be a good person to always pray for god few months ago my ate past away things very hard for me because my ate shes the only one who support our famly i have a baby brother boy sister, my father is sick my mom is sick and now i have to be strong i have to be stand for my self for my famly i try to earn money for my dreams in future for me and for siblings but i always failed i always try invest but nothing happen ;( i cant be a offc grl or what because i still onther grad. ;( and now my sister shes pregnant to some married old guy ;( my parents are seperated so mom and i and sister brother we need to rent a house how can i handle all of this? how ;( when i was a little my father think that i am not hes child so i live in the street near our house begging for someone for food begging for them to allowed me to sleep to jeep or what. after a year my father finally accept me i thought that time was my beggining for happiness beggining for finally i feel loved. but i was wrong that was a beggining for my worst life very very worst. but now i grow i dont have a feeling mad at them actually i still love them so much. i dont have a feeling anger but loved but the 14yrs be worst always on my nightmares. and i dont feel good inside my body maybe because of my experrince not to be treaten a person. but i love them all i want is to be success for them and for me because i dont want then feel what i felt.


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