The Journey with Ron Moore

Addressing the “Strange Melancholy”

Devotion Text

2 Samuel 22:32

For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?

When we place our trust and confidence in people, sooner or later we will be disillusioned. When we seek satisfaction in material possessions, our hearts will crash like a person coming down from a drug-induced high. When we worship money, we run after a god who never quite quenches our thirst. False gods always leave us alone and afraid.

As Alexis de Tocqueville recorded his famous observations about America in the 1830’s, he wrote of a “strange melancholy that haunts the inhabitants . . . in the midst of abundance.” Americans believed then, and still believe, that prosperity brings happiness. But as de Tocqueville noted, “the incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy [the human] heart.” (from Tim Keller’s Counterfeit Gods).

David reminds us in today’s passage that there is no God besides the Lord! There is no steady and secure refuge except the Rock! He alone is the remedy for the “strange melancholy” that infects our hearts. He alone fills our fearful and unsettled hearts with peace and joy.

Talking Points

  • Confess your confidence in people, your satisfaction in possessions, and/or your misplaced worship of money.
  • Ask God to replace the “strange melancholy” with a deep satisfaction that can only come from him.

Father, open our eyes and let us see where our confidence is founded. Help us turn from the gods that leave us alone and afraid and run to you—the Rock. In Jesus’ name. Amen.




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