I’m grateful we can come to God in our most desperate times and He is there. We can cry out to Him from places of pain and need and He doesn’t turn away. I love that in the Psalms, David and others were able to express the depths of their feeling without fear of being judged, condemned or dismissed. Though He holds galaxies in His hands, God is still interested in the smallest details of my life, including my emotions. I don’t have to craft the perfect prayer to please Him. I can pour out my heart to God, unedited and He loves my honesty.
Consider the desperate way some of the Psalms begin:
“Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck and I sink in deep mire.” Psalm 69:1
“Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Psalm 70:1
“O God, why have You cast us off forever?’ Psalm 74:1
“To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me!” Psalm 28
Feel like this sometimes? The beautiful thing is that although many of them start off in a place of despair, the psalmists usually end with praise to God even in the midst of the challenges.
Take a moment to write your own Psalm to the Lord. Express freely how you feel about your circumstances or relationships in your life. After you’ve taken some time to pour it all out, quiet your soul and hear what He would say to you. Then end with praise. You will find great release when you express yourself honestly and vulnerably to the Lord. He can take it! Find strength as you let go of all the cares and burdens and find freedom in Him.