Honest Lamenting

Psalms 88:3 For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol. NASB

For sure, take a moment to read all 18 verses of Psalm 88 but take note of the brutal honesty of the psalmist. “My soul has had enough troubles.”

I’ve struggled, maybe wondered, if I can talk to the Lord like this for a long time. I’ve picked up the church words (and that certainly can be a good thing) that is overly guarded and lacking full honesty.

The psalm doesn’t end with any resolution. As far as we know, it may not have come. But I think this psalm teaches us to speak very openly to the Lord about our pain.

I get the reverence. I understand being careful with our words. I find myself saying something in prayer then trying to explain why I said it that way.

At the end of the day, if we are in Christ then God is our Father, a real person, who really loves us. Pray honestly. He can handle it.

About Jason and Kimberly

Jason is the pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church in Goodlettsville, TN. Kimberly homeschools our three awesome kids. We enjoy being together as a family in wherever so long as we are together! Grace and peace to you in the Lord Jesus Christ! If you have any questions or would like to chat you can contact me at pastor@unionhillbaptistchurch.com. View all posts by Jason and Kimberly

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