Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
There will be times in our lives when we feel God is not listening. We feel He is napping as we experience silence from Him. We pour out of hearts to Him and wonder if He is too busy to take care of us. It is human, completely human to think that way. We are very impatient as people. We have all thought these thoughts. Be honest.
It seems when we give up, give all to God, then get up and go about our business of life the juggernaut to our troubles breaks loose and the situation changes for the better. What was God waiting for?, we ask ourselves. Answers to our heart cries will always come in God’s best timing, in His way of providing what is best, the way He sees from above. We learn great lessons in the wait. Maybe that is part of the reason for the wait.
Psalm 28, The Message
A David Psalm
Don’t turn a deaf ear
when I call you, God.
If all I get from you is
I’d be better off
in the Black Hole.
2 I’m letting you know what I need,
calling out for help
And lifting my arms
toward your inner sanctum.
3-4 Don’t shove me into
the same jail cell with those crooks,
With those who are
full-time employees of evil.
They talk a good line of “peace,”
then moonlight for the Devil.
Pay them back for what they’ve done,
for how bad they’ve been.
Pay them back for their long hours
in the Devil’s workshop;
Then cap it with a huge bonus.
5 Because they have no idea how God works
or what he is up to,
God will smash them to smithereens
and walk away from the ruins.
6-7 Blessed be God—
he heard me praying.
He proved he’s on my side;
I’ve thrown my lot in with him.
Now I’m jumping for joy,
and shouting and singing my thanks to him.
8-9 God is all strength for his people,
ample refuge for his chosen leader;
Save your people
and bless your heritage.
Care for them;
carry them like a good shepherd.
SOMETHING TO CHEW…
As we read David’s honest prayers, he would appear to be “bi-polar” to our world’s ways of psychological problem solving and prescribe medication for him. But if you read closely, with understanding, we see David relies on God as a sounding board to talk it out, to examine the situation honestly before God, to trust God to help him with insight for the evil schemes of destruction around him and those he serves. He longs to see God’s Truth and His wisdom.
As David cries out and talks through it all, he gains God’s strength and focus to see problems they way God sees them. We also notice that their intimate relationship grows deeper with more intention. As we continue our reading and praying the Psalms we will see crying out followed by praises for God’s goodness and help.
We must focus on the way God brings David through his problems and learn from their intimate relationship. David was known by God as “a man after God’s own heart”. Do you think it might be because of his honesty with God?
The greatest lesson we can learn is to go to God, be honest, cry out if that makes you feel better, I have. Going to God will always bear the greatest, most loving results versus crying out to your peers over matters that they cannot and need not resolve for you. They are not God. We are not God…only God is God.
When did you feel God go silent for you? What did you do about it? How impatient are we as a people of God?
How do you pray for your enemies? Are we honest?
Do we talk to others first about our enemies and our problems. Is that fair to them? How can that be harmful to them and maybe their walk with God? We can talk to others as we “bear each others’ burdens” and prayer with each other for God’s help, but our raw soul bearing is for God alone for He alone is the final answer.
It is hard to wait for God. Sometimes it is extremely hard. We are a people who like to fix things, control outcomes and help others do the same. But we cannot and should not do anything without God’s leading and only then we point them to God. God is the One and Only Who saves, heals, fixes, repairs and restores in ways we cannot imagine.
Wait for Him. Be still and know Him. We pray, He works. I am preaching to me this morning. God is the problem solver. He has been doing it since HE created the world. Let go. Let God. He knows. He’s listening.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I repent of trying to problem solve on my own. I see troubled lives and long for them to come to You for solutions. I can only point to way to you. Be our strength for today as promised. Teach me Your will. Help me in the wait times. My trust is in You who always wants the best for each of us who believe. Thank you, Lord!
In Jesus Name, Amen