I love the book of Psalms. Most people look at Psalms as a book of praises. It is that, to be sure, but it is so much more. One of my favorite themes is the heart-wrenching candor. Real people struggling with real dilemmas. And, oftentimes, they have no idea why those dilemmas came about or how to fix them. So they cry out to God. Those cries, though, are not smiling, polite prayers. There are no painted-on happy faces. They pray prayers of brutal honesty. Sometimes they even seem to be belligerent toward the Lord.
Let’s be candid. There are times when we struggle in life. There are situations and circumstances that, no matter how hard we try, we simply do not understand.
- “Why me?”
- “Why her?”
- “Why now?”
- “Everything is gone?”
- “Not the child!”
Some situations seem overwhelmingly hard to bear. They are beyond our comprehension.
Those are the same situations with which the psalmists struggled. And in the midst of their struggles they let God know what they thought. They didn’t hold back.
Here’s the truth: the Lord knows our hearts. We’re not going to hide anything from Him. We may as well be candid and admit how we feel and what we’re thinking. It certainly won’t come as a surprise to God.
This doesn’t mean that we blab our frustrations to everyone who will listen. That would be inappropriate. But admitting our struggles to the One who can ultimately walk us through those situations might be a good idea.