Crying Out to God
Have you ever asked, “God, where are you?”
King David asked this question several times in Psalms:
In Psalm 10:1, David asked, “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”
In Psalm 13:1-2, David cried out, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?”
And in Psalm 22:1-2, David lamented, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.”
Have you ever felt that way? Like God was far away? Like you’d been forgotten? Many of the Psalms begin like this: crying out to God, wondering where God is and when help will come.
These verses show that, it’s okay to be totally honest with God. You can bring him your grief, your frustrations, your disappointments, your anger, your complaints. God can handle your emotions, and He cares.
In fact, it’s healthy for us to express our emotions and be honest about the difficult things in our lives, but it’s important that we don’t get stuck there.
So, what do you do next? How do you move from “lamenting” to releasing your troubles over to God? Once you’ve come before God and told him what distresses you, do these three things to move forward:
1. Ask him for help.
Tell God you want him to do something about it. Ask him to intervene. Invite him into the situation.
2. Remember how God has been faithful in the past and confess your trust in him.
List all the ways God has been faithful in the past. Turn your focus toward all the ways God has already acted in your life.
3. Praise him for who he is.
Replace your lamenting with truth. God is still God. He is still good. Choose to praise God for who he is. Make the choice to praise him no matter the outcome of your situation, because he is worthy.