"A prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and pours out his soul before the LORD..." This is the title of Psalm 102.
I WANT to know what is in your heart. I know it anyway, but when you tell me, it helps you. I would think you'd know that from reading the many Psalms I had my servants write about this, but many of you do not. Even your ministers say things like, "depression shows a lack of faith." Which only goes to show that they haven't read My servants' Psalms, and integrated them into their own spiritual lives. When you are "down," and you tell Me about it, several things happen:
1. Your prayers engage Me. Don't forget, these conversations with Me are all two-way. I listen, and then I speak, and many times I have answers--but if you're not seeking Me, how can you get the answers I offer?
2. Your prayers strengthen your mind, and define what's happening to you. You "air out your spirit," so to speak, rather than keeping everything bottled up inside. Honesty is the best policy with Me.
3. You increase your own faith, strengthen your heart, and create a deeper reliance on Me, and that leads to your ultimate deliverance from trouble and sorrow. Many times, in these very Psalms of sorrow, if you read to the end of them, you'll see that things actually work out, and that the writer (David, Asaph, whoever) ends the Psalm with faith and expectation in his heart. For example, Psalm 69 begins, "Save me, O God, for the waters have come into my soul...." My servant David was drowning in trouble and grief. But look at the end of the Psalm (69:30 and following): "I will praise God's name with singing, and honor Him with thanksgiving."
4. You have not because you ask not--if you don't honestly tell Me what's happening in your life, you don't get all I have to give.
So talk to me. And don't bother with fine words. I don't need them. Just talk.
Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Tell Me The Truth...
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