How are you feeling right now? Aren’t these strange times we are living through? Our entire world has changed drastically in just a few weeks. Our emotions can do funny things as we learn to navigate these brand new realities.
Holy Spirit has been giving me a lot of supernatural peace in the midst of it all. However, my soul has also had to battle through more difficult emotions. The other day, I was in tears thinking about the people in my city who don’t have enough to eat right now (so many Peruvians survive off of microenterprises that cannot function with everything shut down).
I just want to tell you today, if you are dealing with upset feelings, you are in good company. You, me, and the likes of King David, we all fit into this category: humans with human emotions. I love reading David’s honest expressions of anger, fear, confusion, and sadness. What comfort we can find in the Psalms of lament! What a poignant mixture of space to be vulnerable and vent… and truth to uplift our soul into God’s presence!
I have shared in previous posts about being a brilliant light and standing out in the darkness during this time of the coronavirus pandemic. I have encouraged us to let Holy Spirit’s unfailing, abundant springs of peace, joy, and hope flow through us to the that need it. However, we are not necessarily going to start out in that emotionally victorious place every single day. Some days are just plain harder than others. The Bible even has a term for this: “the evil day” (Eph. 6:13).
So, if you are struggling today, I just want you to know, that’s okay. There is space in God’s big, beautiful heart for your difficult emotions. Don’t bottle them up inside. Get alone with your Daddy, and pour out your heart to Him. He is an amazing listener. Make sure and use the eyes of your heart to look up and see Him listening to you attentively. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you as your confidant, the One who has deep compassion on your emotional difficulties.
Diving into Psalms might very well be a wonderful exercise for you during this season. Notice a theme coursing throughout this exquisite book, as you do so. David was so secure in his relationship with God that he felt completely liberty to be a hot mess in His presence. But he didn’t stay there. Having poured it all out, hiding nothing, he then would consistently begin to lift up his soul in praise and faith. Consider the movement from verse 3, above, to verse 5 in this compelling psalm:
Once you have spilled out to Him everything that had accumulated inside, I encourage you to follow David’s example. Make sure and move into that place of exalting God above your circumstances. He considers it such an honor to gently receive the intimate contents of your soul… and then to lift you up once again into His powerful assurance and peace. Lament and praise; what a powerful combination!
He will get you through this, deeply treasured child of God. Wrapped up together with the Lover of your soul, you will come out of this stronger than ever!
Have you ever shared your confusion with God? Your anger? How did that feel?