Waiting on the Lord May 19, 2014

In Psalm 130, the Psalmist is crying out to the Lord. This is a person who is crying “out of the depths.” In other words, they are going through struggles and dark moments in their life. And they are crying out to the Lord. They are confident that God will hear, God will forgive their sins, and God will restore their life.

Notice what happens next—they wait on the Lord.

Waiting on the Lord is probably one of the most difficult things we do. Waiting implies that we have no control. We have no say in how or when God will respond. We simply wait.

But waiting doesn’t mean we do nothing. It means that by faith, we continue to faithfully live out our lives where God has us at the moment and then wait on him to make any changes he sees fit to make. Waiting is where we demonstrate our true belief in the sovereignty of God. Waiting is where faith and hope are refined.

May we continue to live faithfully where God has us, and cry out to him when the circumstances seem depressing and down (see also, Philippians 4:11-12).  We wait with our hope fully placed on him.

Getting Real Even in Our Pain May 15, 2014

You ever been really angry at someone who has wronged you? They have sinned against you, maybe injured you—either physically or emotionally.

 

You try to forgive because that is the ‘Christian’ thing to do—and so you put a smile on and try to pretend nothing is wrong. You try to get over it, but as much as you try, you just can’t seem to forget it.

 

It hurt. It is still painful.

 

You talk to the person and they blow it off or worse yet, blame you for what happened.

 

What do you do? Psalms, like Psalm 109, teach us that we can come to God even when our feelings are raw and we are in pain. We can be honest and real and express to God what it is we are going through.

 

But also Psalm 109 teaches us to cry out in dependence on God—that we ask for God’s help, that we ask for God to take care of the situation (starts in verse 21).

 

Romans 12:19 states: Don’t try to get revenge for yourselves, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. It is written, Revenge belongs to me; I will pay it back, says the Lord. CEB

 

Instead of trying to take care out it ourselves, instead of trying to stuff our emotions (which then can come back stronger or in the form of depression), instead of trying to pretend that nothing is wrong, we are invited to put the matter into God’s hands, and just as importantly, put ourselves into God’s hands and rely on him for our deliverance.

 

 

Getting Real with God May 8, 2014

Do you ever feel that certain emotions are “off limits” when it comes to God? That you can’t express anger to God? That you can’t express fear or confusion to God?

 

It seems, at times, people have a false sense of spirituality like “Oh, I could never say those things to God.” The reality is that God is the one person who is capable of handling any emotional expression that we bring to Him.

 

The ‘Psalms of Lament’ point out that we can express our fear to God, we can express our anger to God and we can express our doubt to God. In fact, God is the one person we can come to no matter what condition we find our soul and cry out to Him.

 

Indeed, God is the only person we can come to who can truly heal our hurting soul.

 

In Psalm 22 the psalmist cries out in the pain of abandonment and yet he ends with a statement of praise and commitment.

 

The reality is that when we don’t bring our hurts and doubts to God, we also rarely end up with true praise and commitment. When we don’t deal with our hurt and resentment, we can begin to build up a little bit of resentment because we think that God is holding out on us a little bit.