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Tell Me About It

Jesus doesn’t expect us to handle everything that comes our way with ease. He’s fully aware that as humans we are dust and our abilities are severely limited.

There will be times when life is smooth sailing, effortless and triumphant. Just as readily, there will be times when life seems to be spiraling downward toward a murky pit.

Does Jesus want us to hide our emotions and bottle up our aggravation during these times? Does He convince us to hold in our tears and pretend everything is alright? Quite the contrary.

In Psalm 40, David gives us a picturesque example of venting to God when life seems hurtful and unfair. He lists things that mercilessly plague him. He tells God about the enemies surrounding him and the people hoping to witness his downfall and failure. Yet among all of this pouring forth of David’s emotions there remains an element of respect, honor, and esteem for his God.

David calls out the Lord’s name, fully expectant that he is being heard and attended to. He reveres God’s name and worships Him with lyrical prose. Interspersed within his woeful tales are reverberations of God’s faithfulness and compassion. In other words, though his days seem dark and dire, David knows they are not empty.

Come to Christ and share with Him your burdens, but don’t ever forget who He is. Trust His sovereignty and praise His mercy. Let the same lips that spout off emotional, painful honesty also be lips that give glory to Him for everything.

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