Sunday, March 6, 2016

Psalms 38:8-9 -- On Opening Up to God

"I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee."
Psalms 38:8-9

I really liked these verses as I was reading today because they seem excessively honest.  David is sorrowing for his sins, telling the Lord he is broken and troubled, reminding him that he knows his desires, thoughts, intentions, and even groaning.  Nowadays, we might call that whining... but whatever we call it, the Lord already knows that we do it, and how we think and how we feel. :)  God knows when we are upset, and he knows why, and he knows what we want every minute of our lives.  ... So, perhaps the question is, why do we even need to tell him?  What is the purpose of being honest with God?
I think the purpose is to remind us, to get us to be honest with ourselves, and also to talk to God *specifically* and honestly about how we think and feel.  We choose audiences for our words often in life... what we would say to our best friends and what we would say to our grandmother can be extremely different things.  And sometimes the difference is to hide something... things like "don't tell Mom about that one thing or she'll freak out."  Or our mom knows us well enough to know our weaknesses and geeky hobbies, but we might want to hide those from someone we are trying to impress.  It's silly to react the same way with God, because he knows us better than we know ourselves.  But we're used to communicating that way, so we sometimes still do.

Today, let's develop our relationship with God.  Let's remember to talk to him very specifically about our lives, and trust in his kind willingness to help, as we come before him with humility and honesty. :)  These things aren't hid from God, but it helps *us* to talk about things with God and to ask for specific assistance.  It's part of learning to trust him.  Let's not leave things out, but tell him everything.

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