I tweaked the title of R.E.M’s song, “Everybody Hurts” for this blog. Everybody hurts, sometimes. And everybody gets angry, sometimes. And what I love about God’s Word is that it doesn’t deny or hide these facts; it Cheap Jerseys responds to them.
I was reading Psalm 39 this morning. What I found interesting was that David was feeling pretty upset, maybe pretty angry, and he decided that he would try not to say anything about it. I’ve been there! Have you? Have you been in a place where you were upset and decided, “I’m just not going to say anything. I’m going to keep silent.” David not only thought he’d Cheap Jerseys From China say cheap oakleys sunglasses nothing about his negative feelings; he decided to say nothing at all, nothing bad, and nothing good. Problem was; it didn’t work.
I’ve tried that strategy. Say nothing when you are upset. Withdraw; stay silent; shut everyone out. Guess what? It doesn’t work for me either. Sooner or later, if that’s the only strategy we Index apply, the emotions we are keeping bottled up are going to come out like steam forcing its way out of the tea kettle when the pot is hot enough. And if that’s our only strategy, we may end up burning someone with our emotional spewing.
So what should we do? Staying silent doesn’t work. But that’s not a license to just let others have it either. We can always do what David did. Speak our emotions to God. Tell him what we’re feeling, honestly and plainly. Ask him for help. David writes, “Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping.” God will listen. God will not turn a deaf ear to you.
And after you have poured out your heart to him, wait patiently, (is this why Psalm 40:1 follows immediately after Psalm 39?) wait patiently for God to nudge you in the direction you need to go. He may nudge you to “let it go, now”. Or he may nudge you to go and talk to someone who is aggravating you. Or he may nudge you to do some more work on why you are responding as you are. Cheap Jordans Or he may nudge you to wait longer before doing anything.
God is good, and you can trust him to help you. So is there anything you need to stop being silent about, cheap nfl jerseys and go to him with now?
Grace and peace,