I come to you for protection, O Lord my God. Save me from my persecutors—rescue me! If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion, tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me. O Lord my God, if I have done wrong or am guilty of injustice, if I have betrayed a friend or plundered my enemy without cause, then let my enemies capture me. Let them trample me into the ground and drag my honor in the dust. Arise, O Lord, in anger! Stand up against the fury of my enemies! Wake up, my God, and bring justice! Gather the nations before you. Rule over them from on high. The Lord judges the nations. Declare me righteous, O Lord, for I am innocent, O Most High! End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God.”
Psalms 7:1-9 NLT
David continues praying for God to intervene and invoke judgment and justice in his circumstances. His honesty is both healthy and helpful. Being honest with God is an important step to overcoming our struggles. Honest expression of our innermost feelings can be cleansing. When we vomit out our innermost nausea it gives immediate relief from the pain. The important thing to remember is that we can't do this with just anyone. God is our safe refuge and fully understands everything about us, even before we speak. He knows our deepest thoughts. “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.” Psalms 139:1-2 NLT God is aware of all the details of our lives, including our inner turmoil. We must be careful not to vomit our feelings on just anyone because this can be very unhealthy. Spewing our thoughts and feelings on the wrong person can be counterproductive. When we do so, it makes them feel vomited all over and can provoke an unwanted response. Furthermore, it can make the situation very messy. Speaking to the wrong person about things that should only be spoken to God, or a few godly friends, can create more problems than solutions. We must remember that there is a time and place for everything. God's character is unchanged by our honesty. In fact, what changes is our perspective. An honest dialogue with God can release us from frustration, anger, bitterness, etc. I'm certainly not insinuating being disrespectful or degrading to God. However, I am definitely advising to be totally, and respectfully, honest with Him about your struggle. Only He fully understands! Are you in need of an honest session with God? He is the Counselor You can come to at anytime about anything. He awaits your time with Him. He will lovingly listen to your heart and mercifully respond. Your spiritual, psychological, and physical health depends on it.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, I come to you today! Thank you for always being there. You are my faithful rock. I'm so glad that You understand me inside and out and that You are patient with me. You know my situation and I need Your Counsel. Guide me, by Your Holy Spirit, in all the decisions that I must make. In Jesus name! Amen!
Rev. Curtis Norris