They told me when I was younger that as I grew older I would love reading the Psalms more and more. They were right! The Psalms capture the heart, emotions, struggles, frustrations, and realities of the life of a follower of God. God doesn’t work as we would like Him to most times. Therefore we need to voice and vent our feelings of frustration and aggravation.
God desires to hear from us! He desires that we relate to Him even if we are miffed. He is God and He can handle it. In conversation with God, hopefully our eyes will be opened to His great love for us and a better appreciation of His holiness. His ways are not only different and higher than our ways but far better than we can imagine. Like the Psalmists of old, we can write psalms too. Although we will not be writing Scripture, we will be recalling and living out the Scriptures. We can express our hurts and hopes, frustrations and failures, questions and quibbles, passions and praises to our God.
The main thing is, no matter what you are going through, that you go to God. Many times we shy away from God because of how we feel, thinking that God doesn’t care or understand or that He will condemn us. What we must remember is that God came to us in Jesus, so that should prove that He does care, does understand, and does not want to condemn us.
So find that journal or back of a napkin or whatever electronic devices that you use to write… slow down, go to God, and invite Him into your situation.
1. Begin by being honest about where you are at in life and how you feel about it.
Write it down…
I hate my job and I want to quit!
My friends have turned on me and I want them to feel the hurt that I feel.
I wish I wasn’t a screw up.
Or for those living the good life…
I am so happy that I met this wonderful person!
I love my new job and new house!
2. Share your questions, hurts, frustrations to God.
This is where you release all that is within you to God. Read some Psalms to see how the Psalmists did this. God wants to hear your heart so that He can bring the healing, truth, and change that you need. You need to be honest so that this can happen.
3. Now throw in some imagery to make it come alive… (Imagery- word pictures of what it is like)
Working each day is like drowning deeper and deeper in a cesspool of depression.
My friends are ravenous wolves they tear me apart.
I’m as useless as a roll of soggy toilet paper.
This step is important because it helps us think through what we are really feeling. We have so many emotions and reactions that may be difficult to put into words but they may be captured in images. This helps us to see where we are and to be honest and energizing in how we communicate it. What we are experiencing in life is real and intense and God wants to meet us there.
4. Remember God’s character and promises.
After expressing what is on your heart, this is the most important part because we invite God into the situation. We invite God into our lives to be God. He may not be or do what we would like. He may not change the situation or circumstances but we allow Him to be who He is and do what He do. We allow Him to rule and reign as our living and loving God and Heavenly Father.
The Psalmists did this as they wrote by remembering the promises and character of God revealed in the Law.
Isaiah 40:28-31; 55:8-9
As you read the Scriptures write down verses that describe what God is like. These truths you need to remember and add to your daily psalming.
5. Ask God to show up and work in this.
This is where we seek God in our circumstances. This is where we wait and trust. These are our prayers based on the truth, promises, and character of God. This is where God turns our hurts to hope and healing. This is where our minds and hearts begin to see God’s perspective on our lives.
God is working and moving in your life.
When you write it out…
You slow down
You face up to reality
You invite God into your situation