According to National Resource Center on ADHD, some of the symptoms of ADHD are:
- Often has trouble organizing activities.
- Is often easily distracted.
- Often having difficulty concentrating on conversations
In lieu of my beginner’s knowledge of this disorder, I’ve come to wonder if our current understanding of ADHD may shed some light on the Psalms – namely Psalms 2-6. Before you write this off as complete nonsense, bear with me as I explain my rationale.
Now, if I’m getting any pattern from those symptoms, it’s that ADHD causes people to lose focus. Something distracts people with ADHD from fully developing their thoughts on a given matter. With that in mind, let’s consider the opening stanzas of each of these Psalms:
Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against his anointed saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!”
O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.”
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my groaning. Heed the sound of my cry for help, my king and my God, for to you I pray.
O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger, nor chasten me in your wrath. Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed. And my soul is greatly dismayed; but you, O LORD – how long?
If my evaluation serves me well (and I think it does) it appears that David has demonstrated a proclivity for calling out to the LORD, and asking for some sort of salvation from a perceived threat or cause of anxiety. However, upon examination of the ends of these same Psalms, will we find David able to maintain a constant focus on this issue? Will he be able to maintain his focus on asking God for deliverance?
Do homage to the son, that he not become angry and you perish in the way, for his wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in him!
Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessings be upon your people!
You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may you shelter them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For it is you who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, you surround him with favor as with a shield.
The LORD has heard my supplication, the LORD receives my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; they shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.
For some reason, David is unable to maintain a sense of his own fears and worry. A gifted psychiatrist could have helped him fully explore his depression and thereby arrive at a therapeutic solution, such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta. Had he been able to receive more modern psychological treatment for this disorder, he could have become an Emo poet, a brilliant post-modern philosopher, or perhaps an advocate for other patients suffering from similar symptoms.
But, instead of realizing and coming to a deeper understanding of his own constant inadequacy, we see David is conspicuously refocusing on God and his providence, specifically his being a “refuge” or provider of “blessing”.
Perhaps that was enough.
“…seeing that his divine power has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and excellence.”
2 Peter 1:3