Psalm 86:1-10;
Genesis 35:1-4;
Acts 5:17-26

First; I am so sorry this is being posted later in the day instead of right in the AM.

When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.

Psalm 86:7

So I’ve been in distress lately (haven’t we all?). This week in particular has been an entire mood in its own right for various reasons that concern family, school, and work. Just like everyone else, I am struggling. However, since we are collectively struggling it is really hard to help lift someone up. Am I right?

We can try to overcome evil with good by writing letters to friends of love when we’re sad, or making a gratitude list when we are feeling helpless, or clean a messy room when our brains feel messy–but that doesn’t always lift the heaviness in our hearts.

Why? Because all those acts are just acts and we need God.

David is confident that God will answer him when he calls on Him.

So last night I tried it. It was a bit of calling out in distress and a bit of Jacob style wrestling. A lot of heartbreak confession. A lot of anger and fear. Some repentance (Here’s a James 5:16 style confession for you: shame is a big stopper for me when it comes to repentance) and very little gratitude (which I confessed to God in that moment).

But in that moment, so wrapped up in my emotions with a deep pain in my chest that felt like it was caving in and would suck me up from the inside out, I felt like David. I realized his poetry and dramatic language weren’t so over the top–they were honest, real, and raw.

Brothers and sisters, we all have stuff. Today I encourage you to go to the Lord with it. There is no formula for prayer, there is no right way or wrong way. Because we are covered in the blood of the Lamb, we don’t even have to worry about some discipline like boils for speaking irreverently to the Lord. Instead, He just takes whatever we have to say and only sees wrapped in robes of righteousness.

I”m going to end with a song (because I love songs, Psalms are songs, and they help me pray when I don’t know what to say).

I hope you love this song as much as I do.