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Causes and Cure of Melancholy

Causes and Cure of Melancholy

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BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


Psalm xlii. II.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul! and why art thou dis-
quieted within me ? Hope thou in God ; for I shall yet
praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my
God.
BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


Psalm xlii. II.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul! and why art thou dis-
quieted within me ? Hope thou in God ; for I shall yet
praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my
God.

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CAUSES AD CURE OF MELACHOLYBY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,Psalm xlii. II.Why art thou cast down, O my soul! and why art thou dis-quieted within me ? Hope thou in God ; for I shall yetpraise him, who is the health of my countenance, and myGod.This psalm was probably written at the time whenDavid was obliged, by the rebellion of Absalom, toflee from Jerusalem. From the land of Hermon helooks back upon the holy city, where he had enjoyedthe ordinances of religion : where, instead of thetaunts and jeers of the profane, which he now hadto suffer, he had gone with the multitude and heldcommunion with God. This retrospection, togetherwith the external afflictions he was suffering, filledhim with pain ; but his chief distress arose from thecloud of spiritual desertion : he had no longer asense of the favour and love of his God. (ver. 7.)But instead of yielding to his grief, he reasons, heexpostulates, and endeavours to rouse up his formerconfidence : " Why art thou cast down, O my soul !and why art thou disquieted within me ? Hope thouMISCELLAEOUS. I 95ill God ; for I shall yet praise him, who is the healthof my countenance, and my God."My brethren, there are always two classes of menin the church whom we regard w ith pity. The firstconsists of those unhappy men who, though the slavesof Satan, and the heirs of sorrow, have a false com-
 
fort and an unfounded hope; who have a peace nur-tured only by presumption, that shall perish whenGod taketh away the soul." Such are not interestedin this text, or this discourse. They must be dis-quieted and alarmed before they have any warrantto use these words. On the contrary, there aremany pious but timid believers, who are always fullof fears ; who live below their privileges ; whosesouls are ever " cast down and disquieted withinthem." Though the Lord is the " God of comfort,"though the Saviour died that they might have peace,though the Spirit is so often termed " the Spirit of grace and consolation," though all the ordinances of religion were appointed that " their joy might be full,"yet they still remain dejected and afflicted. Letthem learn from David their duty ; let them imitatehis example : and like him experience again M the joy of God's salvation."Our discourse shall have three parts :I. What are the causes why the pious are somelimes, like David, afflicted with religious melancholyand distress of soul, which cause them to be deject-ed and cast down.II. Why should they, with the Psalmist, endeavourto rise from this state. And,III. What are those means w hereby they may againobtain peace, comfort, and a calm trust in God.I. The causes of religious melancholy are various.Sometimes they spring from without us. and from the196 SERMO LXXXVUi.agency of other beings upon us; sometimes they
 
arise from within, and solely from ourselves.1. Sometimes our compassionate Father, who in mer-cy visits us so often with external afflictions, is pleas-ed, for the same benevolent reasons, to make us sufferinternal sorrows. The beams of his countenance nolonger shine upon his children ; the witness of theSpirit is withdrawn ; the sense of the love of God isintermitted ; and then the strongest and most con-firmed Christian must droop and be disquieted.Then he will understand in a degree the feelings of his Saviour, when he exclaimed, " My God, my God !why hast thou forsaken me ?" As when the sun iseclipsed, all nature appears to mourn, so every thing-is gloomy to the believer, when any thing interposesbetween his soul and the gracious countenance of his God.2. Sometimes Satan is permitted to disquiet anddistress the children of God. This apostate spirit,hating holiness and happiness, delights to harass andtorment those that are escaped from his bondage :as he cast down innocent man, so he desires to de-press the pardoned sinner; as he withered the beau-ties of Eden, so he endeavours to bring trouble intothe calm and approving conscience, the paradise of the soul. And the Lord, who from intended evil caneduce good, permits the adversary sometimes to de-press the souls of his followers : and then wisely,powerfully, and mercifully, overrules his designs fortheir increase in the divine life, and their preparationfor richer joys.3. With Satan, wicked men often concur lo depressand cast down the pious. This was the case withDavid on the present occasion. They sneered athis religion, at his hopes, and at his God. " As with

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