Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

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But I feel like I have to complain...

I've found myself eager to dive back into "the prayerbook of the Bible" - the book of Psalms. Today, I found myself in Psalm 74. It was really encouraging to hear the contemplation of Asaph, especially after spending the previous evening exploring the root of my sin of complaining. The setting of the Psalm is very troubling, but this is how the writer communicates with God from that place:

-asking God questions (74:1 - O God, why have You cast us off forever?)
-making requests of God (74:2 - Remember Your congregation)
-telling God about the situation (74:4 - Your enemies roar in the midst of Your meeting place)
-remembering how in the past God had proved that He is worthy of trust (74:13 - You divided the sea)
-remembering who God is (74:16 - The day is Yours, the night also is Yours)

In this broken world, it's good to know that I don't have to rely on rampant complaining to try and bind up my wounds (only God can truly heal me) or pull others down to where I am (only God can truly understand me). I have no doubt that God gives us friends to share our burdens with, but it's easy for me to turn from helpful "venting" to unhelpful, carried away attitudes of bitterness, fear, and dissatisfaction. Instead of these, I can do what Asaph did: I can turn to God to tell them about the situation, ask questions, make requests, remember that God is faithful, and remember who God is. I can do this with friends, too, and thus we can be mutually encouraged and built up in faith. May God change my heart to replace self-centered bitterness with godly worship.
Tags: communication, prayer, psalms, questions, sin, voice

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