Sunday’s message was a tough one to deliver, but it’s where the Lord led us, and I’m thankful He did, because ultimately we found rest in His promises and provision. We addressed how although we love to talk about good things in the Christian life- joy, peace, trust, etc., the reality of life as a follower of Jesus is that sometimes things will be, as I shared someone shared wisely with me, “not well”. So what do we do when things are “not well”?
Psalm 13 asks the same question four times- “how long”? (Psalm 13:1-2). Sometimes, when things are “not well”, we find ourselves asking that very same question. Hurts, illness, grief, anxiety, and uncertainty can all have us asking that very question. After asking for the fourth time, the Psalmist then calls out to God- “Look on me and answer, O Lord my God!” (Psalm 13:3). Sunday we asked the question- are we allowed to talk to God like that?
Because even though it’s a pointed, sharp demand, underneath it all, it’s actually a statement of faith. It’s calling out to God because you still believe and trust in God, who has the power and desire to bring peace and and strength and healing.
Now check out what happens next in Psalm 13…
After the questioning, and the crying out, comes a new perspective:
“But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD ,
for he has been good to me.” (Psalm 13:5-6)
Take note, and this is my favorite part- the circumstances didn’t change at all, but the perspective did. In the act of crying out, and turning to God in faith, our hearts and perspectives are changed. It’s an incredibly powerful moment when God meets us in the valleys.
“You turned my wailing into dancing… I will give you thanks forever” (Psalm 30:11-12).
Have an outstanding week!
Peace to you,