Wednesday, November 15th
Devotional written by Pastor Brian Howard, Teaching Pastor
TELL GOD HOW YOU FEEL
The Psalmist proceeds to pose a sequence of weighty inquiries. Although these verses may initially appear as mere questions, they are actually complaints against God. A core feature of lament is to come before the Lord with your complaints. A complaint often sounds like a weak and flimsy word, but in this context, it is neither. The Psalmist models how to take our deepest, messiest, and most embarrassing thoughts before the Lord. The author is not trying to impress God or others but rather expresses how he feels before a holy God.
When we lament, we are invited to do the same. We are invited to take our feelings and complaints before the Lord, no matter how they sound. Do you feel like the Lord has let the world get out of control? Tell him! Do you think the Lord should have spared someone you know from heartache or tragedy? Let Him know! Do you feel God has been far from you and is not listening to your prayers? Then say so! God is not after your polished and tidied-up prayers; He is after your heart. Part of how we share our hearts with the Lord is by bringing our complaints, doubts, and emotions before Him.
For Today: Share your deepest complaints and heaviest burdens before the Lord in an honest and uncensored prayer.