Time of Lament

Feb 20, 2020 | HT Blog | 0 comments

Inspired by Psalm 13

I am a demanding child of God.  I don’t quietly sit there listening to what He says to me.  I ask questions.  A lot of questions!  And you know what, God is perfectly fine with that.  He created me.  He knew exactly who He was getting when He made me.

God is not scared or offended by our questions or anger!  He can handle them. In fact, Scripture repeatedly shows men and women of God who asked questions, sinned, and got angry.

You can be a Christian and have deep emotions.  It always frustrates me when I go to a Christian friend, needing to pour my heart out, and they spout off a Scripture verse telling me I need to ignore my feelings.

I want to roll my eyes then say, “Let me introduce you to The Psalms.  You know those 150 poems/songs where people poured out their guts to the Lord.”

I know a lot of people are scared, frustrated, and angry right now.  Some are even questioning where God is in all of this.  First off, I just want to say it is totally okay to have these feelings!  But we need to make sure we don’t get trapped in the quicksand of those emotions.

God wants us to come to Him during these times.  Pour out all your fears, frustration, and anger to Him.  The more we come to Him the less those feelings can control our moods and actions.  He will carry our burdens for us.

I would like to encourage you to write your own Psalm of lament to the Lord today. Read Psalm 13 for an example.

 

 

Express your fears and concerns.  Then once you have done that try to end your Psalm with something you are thankful for. Even if it is simply thanking God that He is a Listener today.  Sit quietly with the Lord for a few minutes after writing and listen for any impressions, words, or ideas that come to your heart.  Don’t worry if you don’t hear anything this isn’t a test that you pass or fail.

Guess what, you just started an open, honest conversation with the Lord!  And that is all God wants to have is conversations with His children.  He created you to be in relationship with Him.

My prayer is that you will continue to have raw, honest conversations with Jesus during these difficult times.  A close relationship with Him is what will bring you comfort.

Blessings and Healing,
Kirsten

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