Honesty When Talking to God
This week we have been reading through the book of Psalms. The majority of Psalms we have read this week were written by King David. The book of Psalms is a collection of songs, prayers, and poetry written by many authors. Out of the 150 Psalms written, 73 were written by King David.
I love reading the Psalms, because the words reflect almost every human experience and emotion on the spectrum. I can relate when I read about great sorrow and depression, then I read about joy and gladness. But it is obvious there is one constant theme throughout the book – a complete dependence on the love and power of God.That is what I cling to when I read these chapters.
Reading the book of Psalms this week has brought me comfort. David speaks honestly about his struggle with faith, doubt, God’s presence in hard times, and physical and emotional suffering. These Psalms give us a model for honest interaction with God.
I have learned from reading the Psalms that when we talk to God, we should be totally honest. This is because, first of all, you can’t fool Him. But second, He can handle it. He knows your heart and what you’re going through, so tell Him the things you can’t tell anyone else.
We need to anchor ourselves to God through His Word. When I read the Psalms, these scriptures emphasize over and over the value and importance of knowing God’s character. We need to be in scripture every day, eating it up like a meal you can’t afford to skip. Just yesterday, as I was reading Psalm 62, there was a list of God’s characteristics that encouraged me. The words that described God were: rock, hope, fortress, refuge, salvation, strong, loving, strength, power, abundance and rest. When I meditate on these words, I am reminded to focus on Christ and not on my circumstances. I am also reminded that I can trust God to be my rock, salvation and fortress, and this changes my entire outlook on life. Reading the Psalms encourages me to rest in God’s strength and to remember that nothing can shake me.
When I read the Psalms written by King David, I discovered consistency in his life. David brought God into every area of his life. Everything David went through always ended up with him praising and worshipping God. David was so transparent with his life before God. He brought God his ups and downs before God. Through David’s words in the Psalms he knew only God could satisfy his deepest longings. What a lesson for us to learn as well!
David was realistic. David shared his times of going through very dark valleys of the shadow of death and deep times of depression and hardship. Many times David said he would love to run or crawl under a rock but he always acknowledged that God was in control, and He praised God. We learn from David, even in dark times, we should always come back to God’s greatness and faithfulness, depending on Him in all circumstances.